The felony process is often complicated and confusing. As a victim, you may have many questions about what is required of you and what happens as the case moves through the system. You have the right to have your questions answered so that you understand the process and to be notified of Court dates and early release requests. Most of your questions can be answered by the attorney (prosecutor) assigned to the case, or a case worker with one of the Victim/Witness Assistance agencies listed in the telephone directory.
It is important to remember that the process moves very slowly. Remember that the police, victims assistance staff, prosecutor or others who have first hand knowledge of your case, can be helpful in answering questions. By learning about the laws, terms, rules and events, you will be able to better understand how and why decisions are made.
In the criminal process you do not need your own attorney. You will be represented by the State through the Attorney General’s Office. This attorney makes decisions about how the case is prosecuted, and you have the right to request input in the decisions and notice of outcomes.
Victim Witness Assistance:
Kent & Sussex Counties & Out of State: 1(800)870-1790
New Castle County: (302)577-8500
REMEMBER…YOU ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE PROCESS.