Yes, your rights as a crime victim apply regardless of the offender’s age.
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As a victim of a criminal offense, you have the right to specific information. You may call Polk County Coordinated Victim Services to receive procedural and factual information concerning a case. This information can include charging decisions, conditions of release, and your rights as a crime victim.
If you have been the victim of a violent crime in Minnesota the Crime Victims Reparations Board may be able to assist you. They provide financial help to victims and their families for losses incurred as a result of the crime.
A victim of a crime has the right to receive restitution as part of the disposition of a criminal charge. You may request restitution as part of a defendant’s sentence by filling out an Affidavit for Restitution and returning this to the Polk County Attorney’s Office.
If you are having financial troubles as a result of being a victim of a crime, one of our Victim Assistance Specialists may be able to help you find resources specific to your situation.
You may register for notice of an offenders release from custody through MN VINE and/or MN HAVEN. You may find more information on these programs on our resource page.
Generally, court hearings are open to the public and you can choose to attend any hearing that you would like. If you receive a subpoena, which is an order of the court, you will be required to attend the hearing for the date on the subpoena to testify. Victim Assistance Specialists are available to escort or accompany you to the courtroom and explain the proceedings if you wish.
No, the prosecuting attorney has the responsibility to initially charge a criminal case on behalf of the state and makes decisions about the prosecution. This includes whether or not to drop charges. Your feelings are important to our office and will be taken into account. However, the prosecutor will make the final decision.
Call the number listed on your subpoena to ensure the office has updated contact information for you and to discuss the jury trial process.
A subpoena is an order of the court to appear at a specific date and time. If you fail to appear for a subpoena you may be charged with a criminal offense.