Victim / Witness FAQs


 What if I am a victim or witness of a crime?

We are truly sorry for the circumstances which bring you to the justice system. The Victim/Witness Office is available to help you with any problems you may have as a result of this offense or with the court process.

We realize being the victim of a crime can be a very difficult time. The Victim/Witness Office was established in an effort to assist victims in reducing trauma that is associated with victimization. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for crime victims to express their concerns and receive guidance throughout the court process. We also act as a referral agency for other services victims may be in need of but are not aware are available within Polk County.

 How can I find out about a case in which I am involved?

Unless you indicate otherwise, you will receive information from the Victim/Witness Office regarding the time and place of upcoming hearings. Victims have a right to appear at any hearing. You have the right to confer with the prosecutor, to make a claim for restitution, to make a Victim Impact Statement to the court and the right to obtain information about the outcome of a case.