Criminal District Attorney - Victim Assistance Program
A Criminal District Attorney is a statutorily created office that is legally bound to not only handle all criminal matters for the designated county but also all civil matters related to representation of the county, county officials, and all associated matters. The Texas Constitution provides for the office of County Attorney in each county.
However, the legislature may abolish the office of County Attorney by establishing a Criminal District Attorney for such a county. This legislative change took place in Comal County in 1997. Prior to this, Comal County had a County Attorney and a District Attorney.
The statutory duties of a Criminal District Attorney include the following:
- Represent the State of Texas and victims of crimes in all criminal cases in the District Courts, County Courts-at-Law, and Justice Courts and in appeals therefrom.
- Represent the best interests of our children in Child Protective Services cases.
- Represent the victims of domestic abuse by obtaining protective orders against abusive family members.
- Represent the State of Texas and victims of crimes in ensuring that justice is rendered for juveniles accused of criminal offenses.
- Provide County Officials with written opinions or advice relating to the official duties of that official.
Victim Assistance Program
To provide compassionate and effective services in an effort to address the needs of crime victims. We will ensure that all victims of crime will be given the knowledge and assistance they need to actively participate in the criminal court process.
Mission Statement of the Victim Assistance Program
To provide compassionate and effective services in an effort to address the needs of crime victims. We will ensure that all victims of crime will be given the knowledge and assistance they need to actively participate in the criminal court process. With a criminal justice system that often seems more concerned with the rights of the accused, it is important to know that victims of crime have specific rights as well. The office of the Criminal District Attorney takes positive steps to protect the rights and dignity of the person harmed during a crime against them.
Services Provided by the Victim Assistance Program
If requested by victim or family of victim ---
Notification concerning judicial proceedings and the right to be present.
Notification to the victim or family of victim concerning paroles. Information regarding availability of crime victims compensation and how to apply, if applicable. Call Information "VINE" toll free 1-877-TX4-VINE, or www.vinelink.com
Notification to victim of right to submit a victim impact statement before sentencing, if applicable. This form is used for victims of violent crimes.
Notification of right to request restitution.