The average person is probably not all that familiar with the legal process or its sometimes complex terminology. And when you’re a victim of a crime, it can seem like so much of the justice system is set up to protect the rights of the accused, that it leaves you feeling lost in the process.
The Commonwealth of Virginia enacted the Crime Victim and Witness Rights law “to ensure that the full impact of crime is brought to the attention of the courts” and “that crime victims and witnesses are treated with dignity, respect and sensitivity.” It outlines resources and rights available to victims such as the right to be in a courtroom during proceedings, or the right to consult the Commonwealth’s Attorney about plea agreements in felony cases. The law even requires employers to allow time off for employees who are victims of crime so they can attend court proceedings.
For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 4/17/19