In most criminal cases, the guilty verdict is only the beginning. Many cases continue on through layers of appeals or are revisited at parole and psychiatric review hearings. As a victim of crime or a family member of a crime victim you have rights. One of them is to stay informed or involved in your case as it proceeds through the post-conviction process if you want to be.
DOJ’s Post-Conviction Victim Advocacy Program helps crime victims understand know their rights, learn about process, find resources and gain access to the ongoing legal actions. Legal actions include:
If you are a victim with a case proceeding through one of the many stages of the post-conviction process, there may be some additional benefits available to you. You can apply for compensation for out of pocket counseling costs related to any new trauma created by these legal actions. You may also apply for travel reimbursement when attending one of these hearings. Before applying, please talk to a victim advocate about eligibility.
For more information about the post-conviction process please see The Many Steps of Justice - also available in Spanish, Los Diversos Pasos de la Justicia. If you are a victim of crime and would like to assert your rights in the post-conviction process please sign up online or contact DOJ’s Crime Victims’ Services Post-Conviction Victim Advocacy Program at 1-800-503-7983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.