Victim / Witness Assistance Program
The Victim or Witness Assistance Program is an agency sensitive to the many and varied needs of victims and their families. It is a source of information and support for victims and a mediator and advocate for victims of crime in the criminal justice system.
Services Provided for Victims
- Notifying victims when criminal complaints are issued by the District Attorney's Office along with their right to attend all court proceedings, to confer with the prosecutor as to potential outcomes of cases, and the right to be notified of the disposition of the case.
- Contacting all victims and witnesses called to Court by a subpoena and giving them information on what could happen at the court proceedings.
- Determining the special needs of victims such as restitution, property return, Crime Victim Compensation and community resources and referrals.
- Answering questions about testifying in court and providing court support if needed.
- Notifying victims of the verdict in their case in the event of a trial and the date for sentencing if there was a guilty verdict.
- Providing victims an opportunity speak at the time of sentencing as to the impact the crime has had on them.
- Notifying victims and witnesses of the final disposition of their case after sentencing and if restitution has been ordered.
Note: If, at any phase of the court proceedings, the defendant changes a plea of not guilty to guilty, the defendant may be sentenced immediately or at a future date.
Services Provided for Witnesses
Being the victim or witness of a crime may also mean appearing as a witness in Court. As a witness you are providing an important service for your community. The Victim or Witness Assistance Program hopes to make your Court appearance go as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions or need information, call 715-386-4666 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
- Provides subpoena notification for Court appearances.
- Helps witnesses solve problems caused by appearing in Court.
- Tells witnesses of delays in the trial or if they will not be needed.
- Places witnesses on call when possible to avoid waiting.
- Takes witnesses from the waiting area to the courtroom at the time they are needed.
- Provides information about the payment of witness fees.
- Provides support for witnesses while they testify.
A witness fee of $16 plus mileage will be paid to all witnesses through the Clerk of Court office after a witness appears. These amounts are set by law.
Witnesses must bring their subpoenas to Court in order to receive this fee. It will be mailed approximately three to four weeks after the Court appearance.
Legal Advocate Program
The Victim or Witness Program includes a federally-funded Legal Advocate position. The Legal Advocate assists individuals who are seeking to file a petition for a temporary restraining order and injunction, provides ongoing services to victims of crimes arising from violations of restraining orders and also to domestic abuse victims.