Welcome to the Victim Resources page of the 5th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Offce. Our mission is to ensure that victims of crimes in our community receive the support, information, and resources they need to move forward and recover from their experiences.
We understand that being a victim of a crime can be a difficult and traumatic experience. We work closely with community partners and organizations to ensure that victims have access to the resources they need to heal and rebuild their lives.
Our Victim Resources page provides a comprehensive list of the services and resources available to victims of crimes. Here you will find information on victim advocacy, counseling services, legal assistance, financial compensation, and other resources available to victims in our area. We also provide information on what to expect during the criminal justice process, and how to obtain restraining orders.
At the 5th Judicial Circuit District Attorney‘s office we are committed to protecting the rights and dignity of victims of crimes. We believe that by working together, we can create a safer and more supportive community for all.
Narfunda Ross, Victim Services Officer
Phone: (334) 864-0122
Central Alabama Crime Stoppers
Tips can remain anonymous.
AREA COUNSELING REROURCES:
Alexander City Area
Central Alabama Counseling
The Well Counseling Center
Sylacauga Counseling Services
Auburn Opelika Psychology Clinic
Auburn Psychological Wellness Center
Family Guidance Center of Alabama
Samaritan Counseling Center
Alabama’s Crime Victims’ Compensation Program may help offset a victim’s financial burden related to funeral, mental health, medical, and other expenses. Following is contact information for this program:
Crime Victims’ Compensation Program
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This 24/7 toll free, multilingual, crisis support service is available to residents in the United States and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters, including incidents of mass violence.
Call or text the hotline at 800-985-5990.
National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center Resources:
A formal hearing where the accused enters a plea of guilty or not guilty.
A trial in which the Judge is the finder of fact, not a jury.
When the case is transferred from the District Court to the Grand Jury
If the defendant is accused of violating any conditions placed on the bond order that allows the defendant out of jail, a hearing takes place to determine the consequences (Usually return to jail).
When a person violates a civil order of the court.
The person who is accused of a criminal act.
The term is used to describe the official procedure for a defendant or their attorney to obtain legal information about the state's case.
Programs for defendants who are first-time offenders for certain crimes. Successful completion would likely result in the dismissal of criminal charges.
A jury of 18 people who hear evidence presented by the District Attorney's Office regarding felony charges. The charges are drawn on a document called an indictment. It is a legal mechanism used to determine if there is enough probable cause to move a felony case from District Court to Circuit Court for a trial.
A person with a recidivist record will be identified as a habitual offender and may face enhanced punishment.
A formal charging document that is produced by the District Attorney's Office through the Grand Jury and is submitted to the Clerk of Court as the official charge(s) against a defendant. These are the charges that the state is required to prove in a trial.
A trial in which a jury of peers is the finder of fact.
Procedures in which the prosecutor and defense attorney argue in front of a Judge about what specifically is and is not allowed in a pending trial.
The term is used when a Grand Jury does not find sufficient evidence to proceed with charges against a defendant.
The procedure in which the prosecutor may dismiss a case after charges have been filed with he Court.
The measure of standard required before a District Court Judge can bind a case over to Grand Jury or issues a warrant,
A hearing to determine if the defendant has violated the conditions of his/her probation and subsequent consequences.
The level of proof required by the State to prove the charges at trial.
The amount of money the Judge orders the defendant to pay at sentencing to reimburse a victim for out-of-pocket expenses.
The term is used when a Grand Jury finds sufficient evidence to proceed with charges against a defendant.
A State of Alabama program that provides financial support for victims of crime for out-of-pocket expenses related to a crime. Types of expenses
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