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PLEASE NOTE: Our staff cannot provide any legal advice or answer any legal questions. This includes providing information about filing for post-conviction relief.
If you need legal assistance the Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service may be able to help match you with an appropriate legal representative. For more information please call toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-7636.
Helping Crime Victims Know Their Rights
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 in the legal proceedings after conviction and sentencing. One of them is to stay informed or involved in your case as it proceeds after conviction – if you want to be – and we have Victims’ Advocates available to help. Find a Victim Advocate near you.
Compensation Benefits for Victims in the Appeals Process
If you are a victim with a case proceeding through one of the many stages of the appeals process, there may be some additional benefits available to you:
- Compensation for out of pocket counseling costs related to any new trauma created by these legal actions
- Travel reimbursement when attending one of these hearings
These benefits are available within six months of each post-conviction action. Before applying, please talk to a victim advocate about eligibility.
Compensation for Victims when their Offender’s Conviction has been Reversed and Remanded back to the County of Conviction
The Supreme Court has recently issued a decision regarding convictions that were based on non-unanimous verdicts. Those convictions have been deemed unconstitutional and therefore, no longer considered valid. Those convictions are reversed and remanded, which means that many cases will be returned to the county of origin for a prosecutorial decision on how to move forward.
In an effort to provide ongoing support to crime victims that are affected by reverse and remand decisions, CVSSD is modifying statutes to add a counseling award, (up to $5,000) for these cases. The counseling benefit is available regardless of whether the case is remanded as a result of this recent Supreme Court case or some other reason.
If you are a victim of crime and would like to assert your rights in the appeals process, please contact the Appellate Advocacy Program at 503-378-4284 or CrimeVictimsServices@doj.state.or.us.