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CP-22 (02/10) USCP Information for IF AN ARREST IS MADE Victims and Witnesses of Once the case is filed, you will be con- Crime tacted by the Assistant U.S. Attorney as- signed to handle your case. Each U.S. Attor- Information for ney’s Office has a Victim/Witness Coordina- tor to help answer your questions and deal INTRODUCTION Victims and The United States Capitol Police (USCP) with your concerns during the corresponding stages of pretrial and trial process. Since most criminal defendants are released on Witnesses of Crime is aware of and concerned about the prob- lems you may experience as a victim or bond pending trial, you should not be sur- witness of crime. We understand the feel- prised if this happens in your case. ings of confusion, frustration, fear, and an- ger sometimes suffered as a result of the As a victim and/or witness of serious disruption of life which you have experi- crime, the Assistant U.S. Attorney can pro- enced. vide information on the following. ● Scheduling changes and/or continu- United States Capitol Police The following information has been pre- ances affecting your appearance or pared to help you deal with these problems Victim-Witness Assistance and better understand how the criminal jus- attendance at judicial proceedings. Program tice system works. We have included im- ● The release detention status of the portant information on what services are defendant. available to assist you as well as a descrip- tion of your rights under Federal law. ● The acceptance of a plea of guilty or ————————————————–——— USCP Officer’s Name a guilty verdict. THE INVESTIGATION ● The date set for sentencing if the The days and months ahead may be defendant is found guilty. particularly stressful to you as a victim and/ ——————————————————— or witness. Even though this may be a diffi- ● For victims, the opportunity to ad- USCP Report/Case Number cult time for you and your family, we need dress the court at the time of the your continued support in our efforts in ap- sentencing. prehending the criminal and bringing him to justice. ● The sentence imposed. A police investigation can be both com- ● Advance notification of the defen- plex and time consuming. It may involve dant’s release from custody. United States Capitol Police several organizations, some federal and Victim-Witness Assistance Program some local. Remember, your interests are very important to us. 119 D Street, N.E. In 1982, Congress passed the Federal Washington, D.C. 20510 Victim and Witness Protection Act. This Act is designed to assist you to the fullest ex- tent possible in recovering from the effects Phone: 202-224-5151 of crime. As part of this Act, you will be www.uscapitolpolice.gov kept informed of the status of your case if United States Capitol Police you so request. E-mail: AskUSCP@cap- police.senate.gov Tel. 202-224-5151 In addition, Federal Guidelines for Fair ADVOCACY RESOURCES BATTERER’S INTERVENTION IF YOU ARE THREATENED OR HARASSED Treatment of Victims and Witnesses pro- □ AYUDA (assistance for immigrant victims: RESOURCES vide that “The victim of a serious crime, or As a witness in the government’s case, 202-387-4848 in the case of a minor child or a homicide, there is the possibility that you may be har- □ CSOSA Domestic Violence the family of the victim should be con- assed. If anyone threatens you or you feel Child and Adolescent Protection Center □ Intervention: 202-442-1822 sulted by the attorney for the Government that you are being harassed because your co- (services for abused children and adoles- in order to obtain the views of the victim operation in this investigation, immediately cents: 202-476-4100 and 202-476-5000 □ East River Collaborative 2nd or family about the disposition of any Fed- contact the USCP investigator or the U.S. At- (evenings) Responder Program: 202-397-7300 eral criminal case brought as a result of torney Victim Witness Coordinator assigned to such crime, including the views of the vic- your case. □ Chinatown Service Center (social services □ Family and Child Services tim or family about: for Asian residents): 202-898-0061 Treatment: 202-289-1510 If you are in or on U.S. Capitol Buildings ● dismissal; and Grounds and you feel threatened or in im- □ DC Rape Crisis Center (24hr Sexual □ Interdynamics Anger Management mediate danger, call 202-224-0911. If you are assault hotline)202-333-7273 Program: 301-306-4590 release of accused pending Judicial elsewhere, call 911. proceedings; □ Domestic Violence Intake Center: DC Additional penalties have been established Superior Court, Room 4235: 202-879- plea negotiations; and for harassment and other threats as part of the 0152 and Greater SE Hospital, Suite 311: SYSTEMS BASED RESOURCES Federal Victims and Witness Protection Act in 202-561-3000 pretrial diversion program. order to further ensure your safety. □ Crime Victim Compensation Office (financial assistance for violent crime INJURIES, PROPERTY & EVIDENCE COMMUNITY SERVICES victims): 202-879-4261 EMERGENCY SHELTER You may be eligible for crime victims □ USCP Reports Processing Section: If needed, the U.S. Attorney Victim Wit- compensation assistance that is available □ Dwelling Place (shelter for victims of elder 202-593-4099 ness Coordinator assigned to your case will to victims compensation. Information on abuse): 202-583-7602 help you by referring you to the most appropri- □ US Attorney’s Victim/Witness the crime victims compensation can be ate of the various public or private programs Assistance Unit: 202-514-7130 found on the back of this brochure. If an □ House of Ruth (24hr shelter): that provide counseling, treatment, or support individual is arrested and is found guilty or 202-667-7001 to victims or witnesses of crime. It is impor- □ Victim Information Notification pleads guilty, you may also be eligible for tant for you to know that you may suffer from Everyday (VINE): 877-329-7894 restitution. Restitution is court-ordered □ My Sister’s Place (24hr shelter): resulting physical, emotional and/or financial payment to you as a victim of crime. It 202-529-5991 difficulties long after the crime itself occurred. means that the defendant must return the You need not deal with these problems alone; things he stole from the victim, or other- help is available to assist you and your family wise make good the losses he caused. As cope with the impact of crime. INFORMATION/REFERRAL a provision of the Federal Victim and Wit- ness Protection Act, the judge may con- sider restitution before passing sentence. RESOURCES □ National Center for Victims of Crime In those cases where recovered prop- (8:30am-8:30pm for information) erty is needed as evidence in the case the Referrals: 1-800-FYI-CALL U.S. Attorney’s Office Victim-Witness coor- dinator con provide information on when it □ National Organization for Victim Assis- can be returned to you. Restitution may tance (24hr intervention, referrals, be available to you as part of a plan of information): 800-879-6682 prosecution to help defray the costs of property not recovered or the costs of any □ Mayor’s Citywide Information Line: 311 repair which may be necessary. If appropriate, we will contact your em- ployer to discuss further the importance of your role as a victim or witness in the gov- ernment’s case.
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