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Waukesha WI victimology lawyerFor almost every crime, there is going to be a victim. Some crimes are more violent than others, but nearly all crime is going to have an effect on someone, somewhere. When it comes to crimes that are committed directly to or in the presence of a person, the risk of sustaining certain types of damages is increased significantly. Many people may not be aware that there are programs available to help with the unexpected costs that victims may incur after a crime is committed. In Wisconsin, there are many situations in which you may be eligible to receive various types of compensation through the state’s Crime Victim Compensation program.

Eligibility Requirements

Victims of certain crimes, family members of deceased victims, those who were injured helping a crime victim or police officer, and those who have been in an accident with an intoxicated driver are all able to file claims with the Crime Victim Compensation program, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. To be eligible for compensation, the following must be true:

  • The victim's actions did not cause or contribute to their death or injury.

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Being the victim of a crime such as assault, sexual assault, battery, or robbery is a traumatizing and complicated ordeal to go through. Many victims do not even realize all of their rights after being injured in a violent crime. Most know that they can contact the police and press criminal charges, but fewer are aware of their right to file a civil claim. Personal injury cases are often associated with accidents such as slip and fall accidents or car accidents; however, a person injured by an intentional act may also bring a personal injury claim against the perpetrator.

Pursuing Legal Action After Being a Victim of an Intentional Tort

Assault and battery are criminal offenses punishable by considerable criminal penalties in Wisconsin. A criminal conviction for assault or battery may bring an offender to justice, but the conviction does little to directly help the victim. If you were hurt in an assault, the experience has likely affected your life in profound ways. You could be facing considerable medical bills and ongoing medical needs because of your injuries. You may also be unable to work while you are recovering from the physical and mental harm caused by the attack. A personal injury claim may enable you to recover compensation for these and other costs. It may also serve as a means of holding the perpetrator accountable for the harm that he or she caused you.

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Delafield victimology attorneyAs one might expect, being a victim of a crime--especially a violent crime--can be very challenging and confusing. There is no such thing as a victimless crime, and you may be wondering why it has happened to you. You could be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or you could be trying to recover lost property. Whatever the crime was that was committed against you, it is important to know that as a victim, you have rights, and you have options about which steps to take next. If you have been a victim of a crime, consider taking steps to gain justice and/or compensation.  

Seeking Remedies From the Courts

The aftermath of a crime can be a scary and traumatic time for a victim. Fortunately, there are actions that you can take to bring your offender to justice and protect yourself, including:

  • Criminal Court: One of your options is to proceed with a criminal case by reporting the crime to a law enforcement officer who will investigate, perform an arrest, and press charges, if necessary. In criminal cases, the victim’s main role is as a witness for the prosecution. A criminal case is meant to determine the guilt or innocence of a person, and a prosecutor’s main goal is to represent the state, not the victim. In some cases, a person convicted of a crime may be required to pay restitution that addresses the financial losses they have caused to their victims.
  • Civil Court: In a civil case, the main objective is not to identify the guilt or innocence of a person, but whether or not they are liable for injuries or damages caused to the victim because of the crime. If a court finds the offender liable for the victim’s damages, they are not sent to jail but are required to pay monetary compensation to the victim or their family. Civil lawsuits force the offender to be held liable to their victim rather being prosecuted for their crimes against the state.
  • Orders of Protection: If you are the victims of domestic violence or stalking, you have the option of filing an order of protection, which can help keep you safe. An order of protection (commonly known as a restraining order) can prohibit a person from going anywhere you, your home, where you work, your school, or other places that you usually go. If the person violates the order of protection, they will be subject to criminal punishment.

Are You a Victim of a Crime? A Delafield Attorney for Victims’ Rights Can Help

Every crime victim has the right to seek compensation from an offender who caused them to suffer. Though it cannot change what happened, taking action against your offender can not only empower you, but it may also help you recover some damages that will address the harm done to you. If you have been a victim of a crime and would like to talk about pursuing damages, you should contact a Waukesha County victims’ rights lawyer. At the Bucher Law Group, LLC, we know that talking about the crime that happened to you can be difficult, but our compassionate attorneys will fight to protect your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve. To set up a free consultation, call our office at 262-303-4916.

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