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Crime victim's guide to justice

Author: Mary L Boland
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sphinx Pub., 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: Don't Become A Victim of the Legal System. If you have been the victim of a crime, your involvement with the justice system is just beginning. As a crime victim, you have certain rights and obligations within the criminal justice system as well as the opportunity to seek your own justice and receive compensation for your injuries through civil court proceedings. Crime Victim's Guide to Justice  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary L Boland
ISBN: 9781572486553 1572486554
OCLC Number: 214065585
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xviii, 172 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Using self-help law books --
Introduction --
1: Victim In The Criminal Justice System --
Rights of victims --
Constitutional rights --
Rights of crime victims --
Family members and loved ones --
Witnesses --
Technology and crime --
Technology and victims --
Enforcing your rights --
2: Getting Help --
Impact of crime --
Victim-assistance programs --
Hotline services --
Crisis counseling --
Crime victim advocate --
Lawyers for crime victims --
Finding help --
3: Understanding Criminal Law --
Overview --
Criminal law --
Types of crimes --
Elements of crimes --
Offender --
State's case --
Defense's case --
4: Police --
Reporting the crime --
Role of hospitals and medical personnel --
Police investigation --
Rights of the victim --
Arrest of the offender --
What if police do not make an arrest? --
5: Charging The Crime --
Who can file charges --
Deciding what to charge --
Methods of charging --
Grand Jury --
Time limits --
Charges in your case --
6: Pretrial Procedures --
Victim's right to notice and to protection --
Speedy trial --
Arraignment-defendant's initial appearance --
Bail --
Preliminary hearing --
Pretrial motions --
7: Plea Bargaining --
Types of plea bargains --
Procedures --
8: Criminal Trial --
Process of a criminal trial --
Victim's right to be present --
Defendant's right to a jury --
Opening statements --
Evidence and testimony --
State's case --
Victim as a witness --
Defense's case --
Closing statements --
Findings and verdicts --
9: After The Trial --
Sentence --
What the sentence really means --
Sentencing dispositions --
Sentencing hearing --
Victim impact statement --
Violations of sentencing orders --
Appeal --
Offender during an appeal --
What an appeals court can do --
Release or escape of the offender --
10: Victim Privacy In The Criminal Justice System --
Protecting the victim's privacy --
Your rights and the media --
11: Recovering Your Losses --
Crime victim compensation --
Restitution and reparation --
Insurance --
Considering civil court --
Effect of the criminal case on the civil suit --
12: Civil Lawsuit --
Advantages and disadvantages --
Procedures in civil cases --
Identifying and collecting proof --
Basics of a civil suit --
Enforcing the judgment --
Defendant's suit against the victim --
13: Role Of Lawyers --
Confidentiality --
Finding a lawyer --
Fee agreements --
Working with your lawyer --
Firing your lawyer --
Conclusion --
Glossary --
Appendix A: Victim resources --
Appendix B: Legal rights of victims --
Appendix C: Legal research --
Appendix D: Case management guide --
Appendix E: Sample forms --
Index --
About the author.
Responsibility: Mary L. Boland.
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From the Publisher: Don't Become A Victim of the Legal System. If you have been the victim of a crime, your involvement with the justice system is just beginning. As a crime victim, you have certain rights and obligations within the criminal justice system as well as the opportunity to seek your own justice and receive compensation for your injuries through civil court proceedings. Crime Victim's Guide to Justice explains everything you need to know to get justice. Learn how to: report a crime and get the police to investigate your case; seek medical and emotional help for yourself; effectively testify at trial and sentencing; pursue a civil case against your assailant to win compensation. Essential information on: finding help when you are in an emotional crisis; obtaining crime victim's compensation; how the court system works and what to expect; your rights as a victim and much more.

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