The Elyria Police Department is committed to the development, implementation and perpetuation of appropriate victim/witness assistance programs and activities which will provide victims of crime with all reasonable assistance to:
1. Protect the victim/witness from further harm;
2. Nurture cooperation between police and victim/witness;
3. Enhance willingness on the part of the victim/witness to assist in prosecution of criminal offenders.
Victims of all felony and violent misdemeanor crimes, and those crimes if committed by a juvenile, have legal rights specified in Ohio Revised Code Section 2930. In brief, some of your rights are:
You have a right to be informed:
• by Law Enforcement about your rights, available services, victims’ compensation, & the name, arrest, & release of the defendant(s)
• by Prosecutors about pretrial diversion, plea negotiation, change in charges, & of all court proceedings, hearing changes, appeals, and parole & release hearings
You have a right to be present:
• at hearings and proceedings without undue delay, even if subpoenaed, unless the judge determines it will cause an unfair trial
• and to have someone represent you if you do not want to attend
• and to have someone with you for support, with a separate waiting area
You have a right to be heard:
• through a Victim Impact Statement to prosecutor, judge, probation, & parole without penalty by your employer
• with consideration for confidentiality when you are fearful
You have a right to restitution:
• to be paid by the criminal for your financial loss when ordered by the Court from the state of Ohio Victim Compensation program for certain injury-related expenses & counseling, even if the criminal is never identified or arrested
• to have your restitution order enforced as a civil judgment
Ohio Crime Victim Rights Constitutional Amendment
Article 1, Section 10(a): Victims of criminal offenses shall be accorded fairness, dignity, and respect in the criminal justice process, and as the General Assembly shall define and provide by law, shall be accorded rights to reasonable and appropriate notice, information, access, and protection and to a meaningful role in the criminal justice process. This section does not confer upon any person a right to appeal or modify any decision in a criminal proceeding, does not abridge any other right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States or this constitution, and does not create any cause of action for compensation or damages against the state, any political subdivision of the state, any officer, employee, or agent of the state of any political subdivision, or any officer of the court.
Elyria Municipal Court-Victim Assistance
Lorain County Common Pleas-Victim Assistance
Listing of Lorain County Agency Resources Click Here
Ohio Victim Witness Association Click Here
The Ohio Victim Witness Association is a statewide advocacy organization that is committed to establishing, protecting, and promoting fundamental rights and fair and professional treatment for and provision of quality services to victims and witnesses of crime.
Crime Victims Rights Brochure Click Here
VineLink Click Here
VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.
VineLink Brochure Click Here