Cruelty to Children
Feticide by Vehicle
Homicide by Vehicle
Sexual Exploitation of Child
Cruelty to Elderly (65+)
Family Violence Battery
Leaving Accident Scene
Theft of Services
Theft by Shoplifting
Theft by Taking
Violation of TPO
*All other sexual assaults
For information or assistance, call the Victim Assistance Programs in either the Athens-Clarke County District Attorney’s Office for felony cases or the Solicitor-General’s Office for misdemeanor cases.
You have the right to be notified of:
In order for you to be notified of various proceedings, you must provide the police your address and current home and work phone numbers.
If your phone number changes from the number you first gave police, you must notify the Athens-Clarke County Jail at (706) 613-3270 and the Victim Assistance Program. If there is an arrest, you will be informed of criminal proceedings.
If the defendant (accused) is convicted and sent to prison and you want to be notified of parole information or you want to express your opinions before a parole decision, you may contact the Board of Pardons and Paroles at (404) 651-6668 in Atlanta. Also, if the defendant is sentenced to prison and you want to know of any change in his/her status while in prison (such as furlough, work release, escape), send a letter to the Department of Corrections in Atlanta. The Victim Assistance Program can assist you with any of this communication.
If you are a victim of a violent (not property) crime, you may be eligible for victim compensation. You must file a completed application within 6 months after the date of the crime. There does not have to be an arrest in order to apply.
Compensation can help with your out-of-pocket expenses not already covered by insurance, Medicaid, worker’s compensation, etc. Eligible expenses include medical, counseling, funeral, and lost wages. The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at (404) 657-2222 or the Victim Assistance Program both have compensation applications and would be glad to help you apply for compensation.
If you are threatened or intimidated by the accused/defendant, call the police and ask that a police report be written. For immediate assistance, DIAL 911.
Many accused/defendant are released on bond from jail before disposition of their case. Bond is guaranteed by the U.S. and Ga. Constitutions, except in certain cases.
Bond is money or property put up to ensure the accused/defendant will appear in court. The judge considers several issues when determining the bond amount for the accused/defendant; the possibility of fleeing and failing to appear in court, the threat or danger to the community, the risk of committing another crime, and the possibility of threatening witnesses.
It is possible that many accused/defendants will be immediately released because the amount of bond is pre-set. The accused/defendant gets a bonding company or an individual to provide a cash or property bond. This may be done within hours of the accused/defendant being arrested and jailed. If the accused/defendant has not made bond within 48 hours, most will appear before a judge. At that time, a bond may be set and the accused/defendant may be released. It is not necessary for victims to attend first appearance hearings, since they are routine.
A Superior Court judge has to set bonds in serious cases or cases involving the accused/defendant who is already on probation or parole at the time he/she commits a new offense involving physical injury, attempt to commit physical injury, terroristic threats, or new felony. These hearing are usually at a later time after notice has been sent to the District Attorney or Solicitor-General’s Office. The Victim Assistance Program will attempt to notify you prior to these bond hearing so you can appear if your wish. You can contact the Victim Assistance Program to discuss any concerns or safety issues regarding the accused/defendant getting a bond.
If the accused/defendant is a juvenile (under 17), the proceeding are different. You can call Juvenile Court at
(706) 613-3300 for more information about juvenile offenses.
|ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY POLICE DEPT.||(706) 613-3330|
|FAMILY VIOLENCE CLINIC
|SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTER (THE COTTAGE)
|(TOLL FREE)||(877) 363-1912
|PROJECT SAFE (Hotline)
|PROBATION OFFICE (STATE)
|PROBATION OFFICE (COUNTY)
|UGA POLICE DEPT.
|CLARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.
|CLARKE COUNTY JAIL
|VINE (accused/defendant release info.)
|US IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)||(866) 872-4973|