When you become victim to any crime –– and violent ones in particular –– you are often left feeling vulnerable and scared. Imagine that on top of that you get served with a subpoena or police officers show up outside your door and start asking questions. Overwhelming, right? The whole process can be intimidating and there is no reason for you to go at it alone. Here at Justice 4 Crime Victims, we have an office ready to answer all your legal questions and ensure your rights are protected at every step of the way. Let us tell you more about us.
What can a victim rights attorney do for you?
Many victims of crime often think they don’t need to do anything –– after all, they are innocent and not the ones who committed a crime. However, you sometimes still need to enlist legal representation to represent your interests. A victim rights attorney, for example, can help you prepare your court testimony and speak on your behalf during a sentencing hearing. They can also respond to subpoenas, calculate and collect restitution, and coordinate with the district attorney and judge, among other things.
Knowing a trusted attorney can do all those things for you probably has you already feeling better. More than just providing legal support, a victim rights attorney can help you process the bureaucracy and hurdles that come with navigating the legal system. Suffering from a crime is already enough –– allow yourself to be helped.
A victim rights attorney will stand up for your rights
Did you know that California has a Crime Victims Bill of Rights? In 2008, state voters passed Marsy’s Law to guarantee that every victim of a crime is entitled to certain liberties and protections. Some of these include:
- Privacy protections so that you don’t have to worry about your abuser.
- Have your safety considered when the defendant’s bail is being set.
- Receiving a notice of plea bargaining and giving you a voice in the process.
- Presenting a victim impact statement for the judge to consider before sentencing.
Retaining the services of a competent attorney will ensure these and other protections are respected. Your rights matter too, and our office will fight hard for them.
Justice 4 Crime Victims is one of the best legal offices for victims of crime in Irvine. Our team is led by Michael L. Fell, a former prosecutor who understands the ins and outs of criminal law and the legal system. If you are interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us and schedule your free consultation: 949-585-9055.