Victims Services - Services
Operating as part of the Pennington County Attorney's Office, Pennington County General Crime Victims' Services is
staffed by a full-time Program Director and part-time Advocate. We work closely with the county attorney and two
full-time assistant county attorneys, as well as the city attorney's office, law enforcement, social services,
Some of the services we regularly provide include:
- Provide explanation of the criminal justice process and details about crime victims' rights.
- Make referrals to a wide variety of services and support available from other agencies and
- Notify victims and witnesses of dates, times and locations of court hearings, as well as the outcome
of those hearings should the victim choose not to attend.
- Assist with the completion and filing of no contact orders and restraining orders.
- Assist with applications for financial reparations for those who have been physically and/or
emotionally injured as a victim of a crime.
- Gather information and documentation to file certificates of restitution for financial losses
suffered by victims of crimes.
- Act as a liaison between victims and law enforcement when recovered stolen property can be returned
to the victim.
- If victims wish to be present at the hearings, we accompany them in the court room.
- Prosecuting attorneys ask us to schedule and attend meetings with victims and other witnesses to
prepare for trials and to get victims' input about plea agreements.
- When a case goes to trial, we accompany the victims and witnesses in the secure witness waiting
area and in the courtroom.
- After a trial verdict or a plea agreement, we reach out to victims to create victim impact
statements, reparations and restitution information, and to ensure that all their needs have been met
by our office and the agencies involved.
- In cases where a defendant has been sentenced to prison time, we assist the victim in receiving
notifications from Minnesota Department of Corrections.