6th Circuit

SOLICITORS OFFICE

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._____________________________________                

Fax:___________________________________________________                            

Chester Sheriff’s Dept.___________________________________      

Fax:___________________________________________________                        

Fort Lawn Police Dept.___________________________________      

Fax:___________________________________________________                        

Great Falls Police Dept.__________________________________    

Fax:___________________________________________________                        

Winnsboro Public Safety._________________________________  

Fax:___________________________________________________                        

Fairfield Co. Sheriff._____________________________________            

Fax:___________________________________________________                        

Lancaster Police Dept.___________________________________      

Fax:___________________________________________________                        

Lancaster Sheriff’s Dept._________________________________  

Fax:___________________________________________________                        

SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED)______________________                    

SC Highway Patrol______________________________________              

SC DEPT OF CORRECTIONS Victim Notification Office_______  

Or____________________________________________________                      

STATE OFFICE OF VICTIM ASSISTANCE (SOVA)_____________

SAFE PASSAGE________________________________________                  

PALMETTO CITIZENS AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT (PCASA)__      

PIEDMONT LEGAL SERVICES:____________________________

PALMETTO LEGAL SERVICES:____________________________

803-581-2677

803-581-7645

803-581-5131

803-581-5552

803-872-4995

803-872-4996

803-482-2145

803-482-6767

803-635-4511

803-635-1301

803-635-4141

803-635-3325

803-283-1171

803-286-4632

803-283-4136

803-286-9823

803-737-9000

803-581-8816

803-896-1733

1-800-835-0304

1-800-220-5370

1-800-659-0977

803-286-5232

1-800-922-3853

1-888-799-9668

SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT VICTIM SERVICES SPECIALISTS

LINDA M. MACON, DIRECTOR

-MAIN OFFICE-

140 Main Street

Post Office Box 728

Chester, South Carolina 29706

803-377-1141

Fax:  803-581-2242

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Victim Services Specialists - Chester

REGENIA B. WILLIAMS

AMANDA L. MAINERO

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Victim Services Specialists – Fairfield

JEQUITTA K. LYNN

M. BERNICE TIMMONS

-FAIRFIELD COUNTY OFFICE-

Post Office Box 1085

Winnsboro, South Carolina 29180

803-712-1735

Fax:  803-712-1267

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Victim Services Specialists – Lancaster

JENNIFER FAULKENBERRY

DREW CLANCY

KEEONN A. WILSON

-LANCASTER COUNTY OFFICE-

Post Office Box 607

Lancaster, South Carolina 29721

803-416-9367

Fax:  1-855-971-3168


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