Victim Witness Unit


Victim Bill of Rights

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is dedicated to providing services to victims and witnesses of crime. We accomplish this through our Victims Assistance Program. Our goal is to insure that victims and witnesses are given as much help as possible.

Here are your rights as a Victim or Witness of a crime:

  • Right to be treated with dignity and compassion.
  • Right to be protected from intimidation and harm.
  • Right to be informed concerning the criminal justice process.
  • Right to restitution and compensation.
  • Right to preservation of property and employment.
  • Right to due process in criminal court proceedings.
  • Right to special recognition and attention to the very young, elderly, those who are handicapped or who have special needs, by all criminal justice, medical, and social service agencies.
  • Right to be notified of a suspect’s arrest or detention.
  • Right to be informed when a suspect/offender is released, escapes, or is transferred.
  • Right to attend a bond hearing and make recommendations.
  • Right to attend court proceedings.
  • Right to be informed of courtroom procedures.
  • Right to have personal property taken, recovered, or returned expeditiously.
  • Right to be informed of the status and progress of the case.