The victim/witness coordinator provides assistance to victims and witnesses involved in either adult or juvenile court processes. Vanessa Eng can be reached by calling: 507-332-6103 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Victim assistance efforts include advocacy and support throughout the criminal proceedings. Minnesota law grants numerous rights to victims of crime, including:
- The right to be notified of plea negotiations, changes in scheduling of court appearances, including date, time and place of sentencing.
- The right to be notified of a decision not to prosecute a domestic assault or harassment case.
- The right to be present at sentencing and to object orally or in writing to a proposed plea agreement or sentence.
- The right to be notified of the final disposition of the case.
- The right to request that law enforcement keep your identity confidential from the public. The agency may comply if you are a victim of sexual assault or your personal safety or property is threatened.
A victim impact statement is also an important component of victim's rights. It provides the victim with an opportunity to give information to the judge to consider at sentencing and allows the victim to express the pain, anguish and devastation caused by the crime. These statements can be in writing or presented orally in court by the victim, the victim/witness coordinator or the prosecutor. For additional help on preparing the statement please view the Victim Impact Statement brochure:
Restitution for both juvenile and adult offenders is paid on a schedule arranged by the supervising probation officer. You may speak to the probation officer by calling (507) 332-6106 and asking to speak with the person who is supervising the offender. You also have the right to request that a review hearing be scheduled if you are not satisfied with the rate of payment. This will not guarantee payment or any change. It will simply be a request for the court to review the defendant's efforts at complying with the Court's order.
Victim Assistance Links
Numerous websites provide information that may be useful if you have been a victim of a crime. These Victim Assistance Links range from state agency notification services to advocacy organizations.
If you are a witness in a proceeding and have questions, either the prosecutor assigned to the case or the Victim/Witness Coordinator should be able to answer questions. You may also find helpful tips in the following brochure:
Communities Against Senior Exploitation (CASE)
Since 2005, the Rice County Attorney's Office has been providing the Rice County community with information on how to protect themselves from scams, frauds and identity theft. Each month, the Rice County Attorney's Office sends Consumer Advisories or Fraud Alerts which includes information that is currently occurring in the County, State or Nationwide. Our office will also conduct presentations on Frauds, Scams and Identity Theft at your request. To be added to the mailing list of our Monthly Advisory or to schedule a presentation, please contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator.
Victim/Witness Program Survey
The Rice County Victim/Witness Program would like to get your input on the services you have received. Please take this quick 10 question survey to let us know how we are doing.
Volunteers work with the Victim/Witness Assistance Coordinator in some specific ways. Those who would like to volunteer to support the program may help with updating materials, presenting educational programs and/or planning special events. Other volunteers provide direct support to crime victims and their loved ones. This is accomplished primarily through court advocacy, such as attending court proceedings with victims. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator.