Georgia State Victim's Compensation Act
This program assists innocent violent crime victims with out-of-pocket medical or counseling bills, funeral costs and lost wages directly related to their victimization. Eligibility for funds is based on criteria designed by the State of Georgia. You may be eligible if you are:
- A victim of a violent crime
- A dependent spouse or child of such a victim
- A reasonably acting "good Samaritan"
- A family violence victim
- A DUI crash victim
- A parent/guardian of an eligible minor
- A guardian or estate administrator of an eligible mentally incompetent claimant; or Any person who is not a direct service provider and who assumes the cost of an eligible expense of a victim, regardless of such person's relationship to the victim or whether such person is a dependent of the victim.
You are not eligible if you are:
- A victim who was incarcerated or was currently serving an existing sentence for a felony involving criminally injurious conduct
- A victim that does not cooperate with law enforcement, prosecution, or the Council
- A victim that contributed to their victimization
- A victim whose sole loss was property
Other requirments include:
The crime must be reported to law enforcement within 72 hours, unless good cause is shown; and a completed application must be filled out and submitted within 180 days of the incident, unless good cause is shown.
The LaGrange Police Department is committed to fairness, compassion, and excellence while providing police services in accordance with the law and sensitive to the needs of its citizens.
Contact the police department at (706) 883-2603 if you:
- Remember or discover new information
- Discover additional property missing
- Find or recover your own property
- Locate serial or model number of stolen item
- Locate the person you reported missing
- Wish to speak to a detective
If you wish to sign a criminal warrant against a suspect for any incident described in a LaGrange Police Department Report, obtain a copy of the report at the LaGrange Police Department, 100 Haralson Street, LaGrange, Georgia. Ask to speak to the Warrant Officer. This officer can assist you in obtaining a warrant.
If you are a victim, or a family member of a victim, of one or more of the following types of crimes:
- Serious injury by vehicle
- Sexual battery
- Reckless conduct
- Feticide by Vehicle
- Homicide by Vehicle
- False Imprisonment
- Armed Robbery
- Sexual Exploitation of a child
- Cruelty to children
You are entitled to know the following:
- It is possible that the accused may be released from custody prior to trial
- That you, as a victim, have certain rights during various stages of the criminal justice process
- Additional information about your rights can be obtained by contacting the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at +404 559 4949
- You may be eligible for monetary compensation for certain out-of-pocket expenses (from the State's Crime Victim's Emergency Fund) incurred as a result of your victimization
- You may contact the LaGrange Victim Witness Assistance Program at +706 845 4270 or the Governor's Victim Assistance Help line at +800 338 6745 for assistance or clarification of your rights
- You must be notified, by the investigating law enforcement agency, of the accused's arrest
- You must provide the Investigating law enforcement agency with your current address and phone number if you wish to be contacted. Pagers or cellular phone numbers are not sufficient.
Services provided by the Victim Assistance Program
As a victim of a crime; it is easy to feel you have no rights. The Victim Assistance Program is here to:
- Give you moral support by providing someone with whom you may talk.
- Help you if you are intimidated, harassed or afraid.
- Inform you of the status of your case.
- Give you notice of court hearings and procedures.
- Provide orientation to the courtroom setting.
- Provide a companion to attend court with you and provide emotional support.
- Refer you to social service agencies and other groups and individuals who can help you with personal problems resulting from the crime.
- Assist you with solving problems caused by the necessity of court appearances; for example, contactyour employer if you need to miss work.
- Inform the prosecuting attorney of your feelings about the case and any financial losses you may have suffered.
- Provide you with information regarding parole of the defendant and accompany you to the parole board if you desire.
Studies demonstrate police can decrease the incidents and severity of family violence by making an arrest when probable cause exists. Therefore, the officer that responds will arrest when the officer can legally do so.
The decision to arrest does not lie with the victim of domestic violence, but is the decision of the officer based on state law and our policy.
After an arrest is made, the officer will assist you in making arrangements for your safety. The officer will stand by while you gather personal items, such as clothing, for yourself and your children. The officer will also transport you to a house of a friend or family or to the police station where a representative of Project Love will take you to a shelter. The officer will also provide the above services if no arrest is made because the suspect has left the scene or if there is lack of probable cause to arrest.
The LaGrange Police Department will provide you with forms that may be filed with the Superior Court to seek temporary relief from domestic violence.