Victims of a Crime

Have You Been the Victim of a Crime?

Our Fairfax Victims’ Rights Lawyers Are Ready to Help

If you’ve been the victim of a crime, you might be wondering about your legal rights and responsibilities. You may also be wondering if justice will be served and what resources are available to you. Carroll & Nuttall, PLLC is here to help you navigate the legal system, ensure you understand victims’ rights in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and give you a voice in court. We can also help you access valuable resources via the Virginia Victims Fund and all other avenues that are available to you.

We understand it can be hard to talk about what happened to you, but when you confide in us, we will stand by your side through the entire legal process. The lawyer you speak to during your initial consultation will be the one who represents your best interests in court.

Call us at (703) 952-5801 to start getting to know your advocate today.

Victims’ Rights in Virginia

All crime victims are entitled to fairness, dignity, respect, and sensitivity in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Under § 19.2-11.01 of the Code of Virginia, the victims and witnesses of crimes are also afforded certain rights.

Victims have rights to:

  • Protection
  • Privacy
  • Financial assistance
  • Timely notification of judicial proceedings
  • Stay informed
  • Provide input (to the prosecution and in court)
  • Courtroom assistance
  • Post-trial assistance

After experiencing a crime, dealing with the legal system can be the last thing you want to go through. As such, you may want to retain an advocate to help you protect your rights and navigate courtroom proceedings and restitution.

Understanding Restitution

Crime victims can suffer countless physical and emotional losses. The defendant may be ordered to repay you, or you may be eligible for restitution under the Virginia Victims Fund. If someone stole from you, the Commonwealth may also return your property once criminal proceedings end.

You may be entitled to restitution for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Prescriptions
  • Mileage to medical appointments
  • Lost wages
  • Counseling
  • Temporary Housing
  • Moving
  • Crime-scene clean-up
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of support

To qualify for restitution under the Virginia Victims Fund, you must report the crime promptly and cooperate with law enforcement agencies and the courts. You must also be innocent of illegal activity and provocation at the time of the crime. In many cases, you can receive restitution even if the defendant (person who allegedly committed the crime) is not convicted.

While no amount of money will change what happened, having the right financial resources can alleviate economic burdens and make it easier to move forward.

How Our Victims’ Rights Attorneys Can Help

You may be asked to testify in court or make a statement under oath to help prosecutors convict the defendant. This can be a stressful experience without an advocate or attorney on your side.

Our Fairfax victims’ rights attorneys can help you:

  • Address subpoenas
  • Prepare to testify in court
  • Speak to the deputy district attorney and the judge
  • Communicate at a sentencing hearing
  • Calculate and collect restitution

Many of the lawyers at Carroll & Nuttall, PLLC are former prosecutors, which means we have an intimate understanding of criminal courts. We know exactly what victims are going through and how to provide the best assistance possible.

Choosing the Right Advocate

When choosing a victims’ rights advocate, you want someone who will help ensure your voice is heard. Our team at Carroll & Nuttall, PLLC has been giving a voice to the voiceless since 1998. We are experienced, knowledgeable, and straightforward, so you will always feel empowered and well-represented. As members of the Fairfax community, we care about what happens to you and those around you. Our compassion is difficult to match and we are committed to helping you achieve the best outcome possible.

For advocates who want nothing more than to help you recover in all ways possible, call Carroll & Nuttall, PLLC at (703) 952-5801 today or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

We Fight For You

Let our dedicated, skilled and knowledgeable attorneys fight to defend your rights and your future. We are here to fight for you.