Crime Victim Assistance & Rights
Crime Victim Assistance & Rights
Assisting crime victims is a top priority for the Miami Township Police Department. In conjunction with The Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Clermont County Prosecuting Attorney's Office we are committed to the development, implementation and perpetuation of a Victim/Witness Assistance Program. The purpose of this program is to provide victims/witnesses of crime with all reasonable assistance to protect them from harm or further injury, to nurture cooperation between the police and the victim witness and to enhance the willingness of the victim/witness to assist in prosecution.
If you have been a victim of any of the crimes listed below (or, in the case of a murder, if a member of your family has been killed) Ohio law gives you a variety of specific rights before, during, and after the trial.
¨Any felonious crime (i.e. murder, rape, kidnapping, felonious assault)
¨Intimidation of crime victim or witness
¨Menacing by stalking
Victims of crime experience physical, emotional and economic hardships long after the date of the injurious criminal act. If you are a victim of any of the crimes listed above, you have certain constitutional and statutory rights. Your rights are derived from the Constitution of Ohio and the Ohio Revised Code. They are:
1. The right to receive information about your rights as a Crime Victim
2. The right to appoint a representative
3. The right to receive current information about the criminal investigation
4. The right to be notified when the offender is arrested or released before trial
5. The right to reasonable return of property
6. The right to information from and meaningful discussion with the prosecutor
7. The right to be free from intimidation
8. The right to meaningful participation during the trial
9. The right to make a statement at sentencing about the impact of the crime
10. The right to participate in Criminal proceedings without jeopardizing employment status
11. The right to receive notice if violent offender escapes custody before trial or sentencing
12. The right to receive information after sentencing
13. The right to information and input about the defendant's incarceration and parole status
14. Your rights after being victimized by a Juvenile Offender
15. The right to request an anti-stalking protection order
16. The special rights of victims of sexual abuse
17. The special rights of victims of domestic violence
18. The special rights of victims of child abuse
19. The rights of victims to offender's movie or book profits
20. The right to compensation for economic losses resulting from crime
21. The availability of other assistance to victims of crime.
The Miami Township Police Department provides to all crime victims the Ohio Attorney General's booklet, Picking Up the Pieces: Your Rights & Responsibilities as a Crime Victim. This booklet explains in greater detail your rights and provides additional information to assist you as a crime victim.
Miami Township's vision is to maintain the safest environment possible by building a strong community partnership. In accordance with our Community Policing Philosophy, we offer a comprehensive, proactive Crime Prevention Program to remove and reduce the risk of crime. We emphasize proven crime prevention techniques and encourage citizen participation in taking an active role in helping to reduce crime. Our Crime Prevention Program includes: The National Neighborhood Crime Watch, Operation Identification, Senior Citizen Assistance and our Citizen's Police Academy.
If you have any questions concerning your rights as a crime victim, or if you are interested in crime prevention, we encourage you to contact The Miami Township Police Department at (513) 248-3721. Working together, the vision will become reality.