Do I have to go to all court dates?
It is your decision whether or not to attend court dates. If you receive a subpoena, you must obey the
court order or you could be held in contempt of court.
Will the suspect have to pay my medical bills or property damage?
You will receive a victim impact statement from our office asking for the losses you sustained
as a victim of crime, as well as input you would like to give the judge regarding sentencing.
Once you return the victim impact statement, restitution can be calculated and requested when the
defendant has been found guilty or pleads guilty. If you do not return the victim impact statement,
restitution will not be ordered. You may also pursue a civil case against the defendant.
When will my property that is being held for evidence be released?
When the defendant has been found guilty and sentenced, or at the end of the criminal justice process,
you will receive a final disposition letter instructing you to contact the appropriate law enforcement agency.
How will I know the next court date?
If you are a victim of a violent crime you will receive a written notification of all critical stage court
dates. If you are not a victim of a violent crime you may call the Victim Witness Unit to find out the next
court date. (719) 520-6049.