Tom Lee, District Attorney
District Attorney's Office, District 9
606 Husband, Room 111
you have been the victim of a crime, you may be unsure of the steps
involved in the criminal justice system. The Victim-Witness Program
provides comprehensive services to all victims of crime.
Attorney Rob Hudson and his staff strongly support the rights of victims
and witnesses, and are committed to assisting victims of crime through
all the stages in the criminal justice system.
victim, not the state, is directly aggrieved by violent crime and
has an unquestionably valid interest in the prosecution of his or
her case. The Victim-Witness Center was developed to ensure better
treatment of victims and to guard them from the re-victimization often
encountered in the criminal justice system. The Victim-Witness Program
provides these services to all victims of crime including domestic
violence, sexual assault, drunk driving, homicide, and property crimes.
The Victim-Witness Program has undertaken the serious responsibility
of servicing the interests and concerns of citizens victimized by
crime in Payne and Logan Counties.
Victim Compensation Program
crime victims, dependents of a deceased victim or a person authorized
to act on behalf of a victim or a person authorized to act on behalf
of a victim of a dependent may be eligible for compensation for out-of-pocket
expenses incurred as a direct result of the criminal acts of another
up to $20,000.00. A victim is eligible to receive compensation regardless
of whether charges are filed. Decisions to award claims are made by
a three-member Board appointed by the Governor. The law does not cover
property loss nor pain and suffering. The Victim-Witness Program will
provide assistance in completing and processing the claim form.
Are Your Rights As A Victim?
is one of thirty-one states that have amended their constitutions
to include rights for crime victims.
Bill of Rights
Title 19 O.S. § 215.33
be notified that a court proceeding to which a victim or witness has
been subpoenaed will or will not go on as scheduled, in order to save
the person an unnecessary trip to court;
protection from harm and threats of harm arising from cooperation
with law enforcement and prosecution efforts, and to be provided with
information as to the level of protection available and how to access
informed of financial assistance and other social services available
as a result of being a witness or a crime victim, including information
on how to apply for the assistance and services;
informed of procedure to be followed in order to apply for and receive
witness fees to which the victim or witness is entitled;
informed of the procedure to be followed in order to apply for and
receive any restitution to which the victim is entitled;
provided, whenever possible, a secure waiting area during court proceedings
that does not require close proximity to defendants and families and
friends of defendants;
any stolen or other personal property expeditiously returned by law
enforcement agencies when no longer needed as evidence. If feasible,
all such property, except weapons, currency, contraband, property
subject to evidentiary analysis and property the ownership of which
is disputed, shall be returned to the person;
provided with appropriate employer intercession services to ensure
that employer of victims and witnesses will cooperate with the criminal
justice process in order to minimize an employees loss of pay
and other benefits resulting from court appearances;
the family members of all homicide victims afforded all of the services
under this section, whether or not the person is to be a witness in
any criminal proceedings;
informed of any plea bargain negotiations;
victim impact statements filed with the judgment and sentence;
informed if a sentence is overturned, remanded for new trial or otherwise
modified by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals;
informed in writing of all statutory rights;
informed that when any family member is required to be a witness by
a subpoena from the defense, there must be a showing that the witness
can provide relevant testimony as to the guilt or innocence of the
defendant before the witness may be excluded from the proceeding by
invoking the rule to remove potential witnesses;
notified of Pardon and Parole Board actions if you request notification;
informed in felony cases involving violent crime or sex offenses when
pre-trial proceedings may substantially delay prosecution.
certain cases, a defendant can also be ordered to pay restitution
to the victim for property damage, personal injury or other financial
loss as a result of the crime. Payment will be made to the District
Attorneys Office and forwarded to the Victim. If the Defendant
fails to honor his/her payment obligations as ordered by the Court,
a warrant can be issued for the defendants arrest. Victims should
contact the Victim-Witness Program for additional information on how
to collect restitution.
request, victims may be notified of case activity from the initial
filing of the charge through sentencing and any subsequent parole
hearings. If you have been a victim of crime and are interested in
being afforded this service, please call the Victim-Witness Center.
Lori McDougal, C.V.A.
Rhonda L. Spencer, C.V.A.
Twyla Braly, C.V.A.