A Victim’s Advocate will Passionately Protect Your Rights
Many crime victims are not given the respect they deserve by prosecutors and their opinions and thoughts are not heard. We can help give you a voice that will not be ignored.
A Crime Victim Should Not Be Victimized Twice
Crime victims often feel like they are being re-abused by the very system that is supposed to protect them and get them justice. There are times when a victim may feel overwhelmed and completely ignored by police, prosecutors, and the courts. It may seem like the criminal defendant has more protections and rights then a victim does. This is when the crime victim needs the help of a victim advocate.
The law office of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has represented the rights of crime victims in misdemeanor and felony cases for years. It is important to us that a victim does not get lost in the shuffle or slip through the cracks. Our attorneys feel strongly that everyone should be given an opportunity to be heard and being overly busy is not an excuse to victimize a victim yet again.
What is a Victim’s Advocate?
A victim’s advocate is someone who is familiar with the criminal justice system and able to Hire a lawyer to navigate it for the benefit of the victim. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you may be “assigned” to an advocate that has social work training (not necessarily an actual social worker) for help. This person, although well-meaning, is limited with how much help he/she can give. Having an attorney serve as a victim’s advocate has many advantages. These advantages can include:
- helping a witness prepare the testify in court
- speak on behalf of the victim at court hearings (including sentencing)
- intercede with the prosecutor’s office and police to make sure the victim’s wishes are being properly communicated
- assisting with calculating and collecting restitution
- make sure that the prosecutor is listening to the victim
- make sure that the victim of protected from the defendant
- make sure that the victim gets access to all services that are available
Prosecutors and police officers are extremely busy and do not always have the time to give to a particular case that it deserves. If you feel you are not being given the respect you deserve, having a victim’s advocate working for you will help to keep you from being further victimized by the system that is supposed to help and bring you justice. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. take great pride in helping people who have been crime victims pick up the pieces and move on with their lives having been given all the protection and respect that they deserve.
Victim’s Advocate Can Help in Many Ways
Was there a situation that maybe the police were called and they should not have been? Was there a false police report filed? Did a falsity get told to law enforcement just to get the other person out of the home, or in trouble in some way? Have you decided that you do not want to testify against the defendant and the prosecutor is putting undue pressure on you? These are all incidents where an attorney serving as a victim’s advocate is in your best interest. If you admit to filing a false police report, there is a possibility that you could be charged with a crime. You need immediate legal help.
If you are facing the possibility of being charged with having committed a crime such as filing a false police report, you need the assistance of the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. Our attorneys will take every action necessary to protect you.
A Victim Has Legal Rights
Michigan does have a Crime Victim’s Rights Act. This law is only as good as the people who work to enforce it. After a person is arrested and charges are brought, the victim becomes a witness in the case and not a party to the criminal charges. Many prosecutors will make decisions without consulting the victim. An attorney victim’s advocate will aggressively advocate for the victim and make sure that their position is given due consideration. If the prosecutor is not listening, then the attorney advocate will move up the chain until the victim’s voice is heard loud and clear.
Assault and Domestic Violence Cases
Domestic violence and assault cases are the most common types of matters where a victim’s advocate is needed. It is often the case that a police officer is called in the hope that they will just calm down the situation and not to actually arrest anyone. Most people do not realize that once the police are called it is out of their hands and they may be powerless at a later date to “drop” charges. Police officers feel that they have to arrest someone and, after that, the legal process begins. This is unfortunate when the only thing needed was assistance in handling an out of control situation and criminal charges are only serving to damage a family. For example, a one-time loss of temper should not result in the loss of a family’s income or the exorbitant cost of complying with a “no contact” order. The legal process does not take into consideration that often a family is traumatized by an arrest and prosecution. It can serve to break up families and cause financial hardships. The all or nothing approach is outdated, lacks compassion, and is sometimes insensitive to the victim’s needs. A crime victim needs to be consulted as to the result desired because that person knows the dynamics of their own family best of all.
Fees and Charges of a Private Victim’s Advocate
Prosecutors often provide a victim’s advocate free of charge and in many cases, the individual provided is sufficient. In those cases where a victim feels that a private lawyer would be in the best position to advocate for them, the attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are available to help you and advocate for you. Our firm does charge a reasonable fee for our services. We can charge on a flat fee or an hourly basis (with a flat fee retainer). We will do everything possible to set a fee that is fair to you and fairly compensates us for our time and experience. If you are going to hire an attorney to help you, you want to make sure that you are hiring a firm that will work hard on your behalf. You can count on the law firm of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. to look out for your interests and protect you.
We Can Help You By Serving as Your Victim’s Advocate
Are you are a crime victim or listed as a complaining witness in a criminal case and your input is not being heard or considered? Are you being neglected or ignored by the police and the prosecutor? Are the police refusing to charge someone who has committed a crime against you? Then you need to call the law office of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. for a free consultation. We will take all action necessary to help you and make sure that your concerns are heard and you are not overlooked by the criminal justice system.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.