6th Circuit Solicitors Office

Victims

Victim Services

A message from Solicitor Randy E. 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 Department - 803-581-2677
Fax - 803-581-7645                            

Chester Sheriff’s Department - 803-581-5131
Fax - 803-581-5552                      

Fort Lawn Police Department - 803-872-4995
Fax - 803-872-4996                 

Great Falls Police Department - 803-482-2145
Fax - 803-482-6767                   

Winnsboro Public Safety - 803-635-4511
Fax - 803-635-1301                      

Fairfield Co. Sheriff - 803-635-4141
Fax - 803-635-3325                       

Lancaster Police Department - 803-283-1171
Fax - 803-286-4632                        

Lancaster Sheriff’s Department - 803-283-4136
Fax - 803-286-9823                         

SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED) - 803-737-9000                   

SC Highway Patrol - 803-581-8816              

SC DEPT OF CORRECTIONS Victim Notification Office - 803-896-1733
Or - 1-800-835-0304                     

STATE OFFICE OF VICTIM ASSISTANCE (SOVA) - 1-800-220-5370

SAFE PASSAGE -  1-800-659-0977                 

PALMETTO CITIZENS AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT (PCASA) - 803-286-5232      

PIEDMONT LEGAL SERVICES- 1-800-922-3853

PALMETTO LEGAL SERVICES - 1-888-799-9668

 

 

Get in touch

To schedule an appointment, please contact:


Contact Information

LINDA M. MACON, DIRECTOR

-MAIN OFFICE-
140 Main Street
Post Office Box 728
Chester, South Carolina 29706
Phone: (803) 377-1141
Fax:  (803) 581-2242

Victim Services Specialists - Chester
REGENIA B. WILLIAMS

Victim Services Specialists – Fairfield

JEQUITTA K. LYNN
M. BERNICE TIMMONS

-FAIRFIELD COUNTY OFFICE-
Post Office Box 1085
Winnsboro, South Carolina 29180
Phone: (803) 712-1735
Fax:  (803) 712-1267

Victim Services Specialists – Lancaster
DREW CLANCY
KEEONN A. WILSON

-LANCASTER COUNTY OFFICE-
Post Office Box 607
Lancaster, South Carolina 29721
Phone: (803) 416-9367
Fax:  1-855-971-3168