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Victim/Witness Assistance

Kathy Klemann 
Coordinator 
Victim/Witness Assistance
P.O. Box 490
Wautoma, WI 54982
Phone No.: 920-787-0410
Fax No.: 920-787-0435 


 

About Us

The Waushara County Victim/Witness program provides for the needs of and protects the rights of victims and witnesses of crime under Chapter 950 of the Wisconsin statutes:

  • The Victim Witness Assistance Program’s responsibility is to inform the victim of their rights, inform them how to exercise their rights and services.
  • The Victim Witness Assistance Program also assists subpoenaed witnesses. Contact the witnesses to verify if you need to appear. The only time you must appear is when you receive a subpoena.
  • The Victim Witness Assistance Program has forms available to assist you in exercising your rights.
  • It is a crime for anyone to threaten, harass, or intimidate you because of your cooperation with law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office.

Purpose

  • To provide more consideration and personal attention to victims and witnesses.
  • To be available to victims to contact for further information about a case involving the prosecution of a crime.
  • To assist witnesses with any problems they may encounter as a result of their involvement with the criminal justice system.
  • To sensitize the criminal justice professionals to the needs and problems of victims and witnesses.
  • To connect victims and their families with local resources that will aid them in their recovery process.

Victim Rights

YOU HAVE A RIGHT as a crime victim or witness:

  • To receive information from law enforcement agencies and district attorneys;
  • To be notified of all hearings in the case, and attend any of those hearings;
  • To be accompanied by a service representative;
  • To be provided a secure waiting area during court proceedings and to be notified if your presence in court is not needed;
  • To receive protection from harm and threats of harm arising out of cooperation with law enforcement/prosecution;
  • To be informed of financial assistance, witness fee payments, and social services that are available;
  • To have your interest considered when the court decides whether to grant a continuance in the case;
  • To have your interest considered by the court in determining whether to exclude persons from a preliminary hearing;
  • To consult with intake workers, district attorneys and corporation counsel;
  • To consult with prosecution about possible outcomes of the case;
  • To request an order for, and to be given the results of, testing to determine the presence of a sexually transmitted disease/HIV;
  • To make a statement, either in writing and/or verbally, to the court regarding the economic, physical, and psychological effects of the crime upon the victim and the victim’s family;To provide statements concerning sentencing, disposition, or parole;
  • To restitution, and a judgment for unpaid restitution;
  • To compensation;
  • To a speedy disposition of the case;
  • To have the person preparing a presentence investigation make a reasonable attempt to contact the victim;
  • To be told of the final disposition of the case in which you were involved;
  • To a quick return of stolen or other personal property that is no longer needed as evidence;
  • To be notified regarding conditional release under 971.17;
  • To be given information on how to receive release notifications from the Department of Corrections/Department of Human and Family Services;
  • To have the Parole Commission make a reasonable attempt to notify the victim of applications for parole;
  • To have direct input in the parole decision making process;
  • To have the governor make a reasonable attempt to notify the victim of a pardon application;
  • To make a written statement concerning pardon applications;
  • To complain to the Department of Justice concerning the treatment of crime victims

CHILD VICTIMS AND WITNESSES have the following rights:

  • To a speedy disposition of the case in which the child is involved;
  • To explanations, in language understood by the child, of all legal proceedings in which the child is involved;
  • The advise the court regarding the child’s ability to understand proceedings and questions including assistance in determinations concerning the taking of videotape dispositions;

VICTIMS OF JUVENILE CRIME have the following rights:

  • To attend any court hearing. The judge, however, may decide not to allow victims to listen to portions of the proceedings if there is sensitive personal information about the juvenile, or the juvenile’s family and which does not directly relate to the act against the victim;
  • To be informed of the procedure for obtaining the identity of juvenile(s), identity of the parents of the juvenile(s), and police records of the juvenile(s);
  • To request the court to order the juvenile to pay restitution. When ordering restitution, the judge must consider the amount of the victim’s loss and if the juvenile alone is financially able to pay the total amount;
  • To file a civil suit or action against the juvenile’s parents for damages;
  • To obtain information regarding any deferred agreement, consent decree, or dispositional order;
  • To have information concerning the impact of a delinquent act on the victim included in a court report, and have the person preparing the court report attempt to contact the victim;
  • To be notified by the Department of Corrections of the juvenile’s release or escape from a secure facility

 

Victim Forms

Victims of Adult Defendants:

Victims of Juvenile Defendants:

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