Under Louisiana Constitution Article 1 Section 25 and Revised Statutes 46:1841,
victims of violent felony crimes have the following rights to:
...and to be present and heard during all critical stages of the proceedings
...with the prosecution prior to final disposition of the case
...by the accused or a representative of the accused
...on any report prior to sentencing
...of the case within reasonable parameters
...for harm and damages done
...upon the release or the escape of the accused or the offender
...by victims of any homicide, any felony offense, any sexual offense, and vehicular negligent injuring
To ensure they receive notices from the court, victims of violent felony crimes may obtain a "victim notice form" from the law enforcement officer investigating their case. The officer will forward the completed form along with the case reports to the District Attorney's office. We will then forward the form to the Clerk of Court when we formally file charges against the defendant.
If you have questions about others finding out your information, please discuss this with your victim assistance coordinator prior to filing a victim notification form.
The mission of the 19th Judicial District Victim Assistance Bureau is to support victims of crime as they move through the criminal justice process, and to expand victim/witness services, in addition to providing them with assistance, services, and resource information that will help them cope with the aftermath of victimization. Our goal is to educate and advocate for the rights of victims and help make the victims' participation in the system less difficult.
We know that crime is personal, invasive, and devastating on every level: emotionally, physically, and financially. As your representatives in the criminal justice system, we care about the consequences you suffer as a victim of crime.
As your District Attorney, my main goal is to ensure public safety and provide protection for our citizens. The assistance and collaboration of victims and witnesses is crucial for our office, and without them, effective and successful prosecution of criminal cases cannot be reached. There are Victim Assistance Coordinators within our office that are available every step of the court process to provide information, support and referrals to victims and witnesses. They, too, make sure that rights of victims, their family members, and witnesses of crime are met under the law. The participation of victims and witnesses is an extremely valuable and essential contribution when it comes to protecting our community.
It is my hope that we always represent the people of our parish in a professional, courteous, and fair manner. I promise that our office will always treat you with integrity, respect, and compassion. Together, we can help make our parish safer.
Hillar C. Moore, III
If your property is the scene of a crime, it could take days to months before your property is turned over to you. In some cases where a crime is committed in your home, you may be inconvenienced for days or weeks until all evidence is collected from the scene. Once your property is returned to you, you may need to hire someone to clean up the crime scene, especially if there are bodily fluids left over from a crime. Some of your property may be collected by police and turned over to the prosecution as evidence. Property can be returned to its lawful owner when it is no longer needed as evidence in a criminal prosecution.
As a victim of a violent crime, your case will be tried by the prosecutor in criminal court. You do not need to hire your own attorney; instead you will work with the prosecutor from the District Attorney’s office assigned to your case. You do not need to hire an attorney to prosecute your criminal case. You may hire an attorney if you have a civil case.
It typically takes four to six weeks after an arrest is made for the investigating law enforcement agency to turn over the file to the District Attorney’s Office.
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Victim Assistance Coordinators take part in informing, supporting, and accompanying victim through the criminal justice proceedings. They educate individuals and agencies regarding the needs and rights of victims as they establish and maintain effective working relationships with judges and attorneys. Victim Assistance Coordinators communicate effectively with victims, professionals, coworkers, and the general public.
From domestic violence assistance to child advocacy and victim reparations; we've assembled a complete list of all the resources you'll need to find the help you need.
The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination project aims to eliminate violent juvenile crime in the area of the city in which the most crime of this kind occurs.
The CSU effort builds upon the foundation of East Baton Rouge Parish's ROPES program, Violent Crime Unit and BRAVE project to further reduce violent crime.
The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are willing to cooperate with law enforcement officials.
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The Hospital Violence Intervention Program (HVIP) is a community-focused, hospital based initiative designed to reduce recidivism of violent and domestic violence among young adults. This program is administered by the East Baton Rouge Victim/Witness Assistance Bureau under the auspices of the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office.
If you have a referral, please contact the Victim Assistance Line at (225) 389-8888.