A message from Solicitor Randy Newman, JR.,
The purpose of the criminal justice system is to protect society from those individuals who would commit acts against innocent citizens. Although sometimes the victim of a crime is society as a whole, in many cases, such as yours, the victim is an individual citizen whose injuries, either physical, emotional or financial, are a key component to the presentation of the case.
Because victims are so important to finding, arresting and punishing criminals in this Circuit, the Victim Services Program is here to assist those victims, who are often unaware of the procedures of court and the laws of South Carolina. The Victim Services Program is here to help you, as a victim of a crime; (1) understand the criminal justice system; (2) get relief from the courts; and (3) provide a communication system between the victim and the criminal justice system.
Law enforcement is every citizens’ responsibility and without your help, we cannot get the job done. If you, or
someone you know, is a victim of a crime, the Victim Services Program is here to help ease the transition from being a
powerless victim of crime to being an empowered advocate for law and order in our society.
ABOUT THE SIXTH CIRCUIT VICTIM SERVICES PROGRAM
Becoming a victim of a crime and going through the court system can be difficult and confusing. Victim Services Specialist can give you support, information and offer referrals.
The Sixth Circuit Solicitor’s Office provides a Victim Services Program for your benefit. The goal is to help lessen the impact of being a victim of a crime or a witness to a crime.
We are concerned with protecting your interest in regards to this matter and minimizing your inconvenience while prosecuting this case.
VICTIM’S BILL OF RIGHTS
· The right to be treated with dignity and compassion
· The right to protection from intimidation and harm
· The right to be informed concerning the criminal justice process and the status of their case
· The right to restitution and reparations
· The right to preservation of property and employment
· The right to due process in criminal court proceedings, including Victim Impact Statement
· The right to special recognition for the very young, elderly, disabled and those with special needs
SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE
· Case Status Updates
· Courtroom Orientation & Accompaniment
· Employer and School Intervention
· Preparation of Victim Impact Statement
· Completion of Crime Victim Compensation
· Referrals to Counseling Agencies, Shelters and Community Assistance Programs
· Referrals to Civil and Family Courts
FREQUENTLY USED TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
Solicitor: The Prosecuting Attorney for the State. The Solicitor and assistants represent the State (people) in the prosecution of a criminal case.
Victim Services Specialist (Victim Advocate): The person with the duty to assist the crime victim(s).
Defendant: A person accused of a crime
Preliminary Hearing: An evidentiary hearing usually held before a Magistrate or Municipal Court Judge to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial.
Guilty Plea: When a person accused of a crime confesses guilt in open court.
Nolo Contendre Plea: It is not an admission of guilt but the defendant believes the evidence to be enough to convict them. It is handled the same as a guilty plea.
Trial: An examination of issues of fact and law before a judge and/or jury. Evidence is presented to determine whether or not the defendant is guilty of committing a specific crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
Restitution: Reimbursement for actual bills resulting from medical expenses or property loss.
Probation: The release of a person convicted of a crime as an alternative to imprisonment.
Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI): A diversion program for first-time offenders that intervenes before the case goes to court.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Chester Police Dept._____________________________________
Chester Sheriff’s Dept.___________________________________
Fort Lawn Police Dept.___________________________________
Great Falls Police Dept.__________________________________
Winnsboro Public Safety._________________________________
Fairfield Co. Sheriff._____________________________________
Lancaster Police Dept.___________________________________
Lancaster Sheriff’s Dept._________________________________
SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED)______________________
SC Highway Patrol______________________________________
SC DEPT OF CORRECTIONS Victim Notification Office_______
STATE OFFICE OF VICTIM ASSISTANCE (SOVA)_____________
PALMETTO CITIZENS AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT (PCASA)__
PIEDMONT LEGAL SERVICES:____________________________
PALMETTO LEGAL SERVICES:____________________________
SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT VICTIM SERVICES SPECIALISTS
LINDA M. MACON, DIRECTOR
140 Main Street
Post Office Box 728
Chester, South Carolina 29706
Victim Services Specialists - Chester
REGENIA B. WILLIAMS
AMANDA L. MAINERO
Victim Services Specialists – Fairfield
JEQUITTA K. LYNN
M. BERNICE TIMMONS
-FAIRFIELD COUNTY OFFICE-
Post Office Box 1085
Winnsboro, South Carolina 29180
Victim Services Specialists – Lancaster
KEEONN A. WILSON
-LANCASTER COUNTY OFFICE-
Post Office Box 607
Lancaster, South Carolina 29721