Will a Victim Witness Assistance Coordinator be assigned to every case?
If you are a victim of a “violent” crime, a coordinator will be assigned to the case to help assist you throughout the prosecution. You will be contacted through mail and/or a phone call. It is extremely important to stay in contact with your assigned coordinator for regular updates on the court dates, times, and to give victim input on the case. The coordinator may be able to assist and escort you to court and keep you correctly informed about the criminal justice process. It is your responsibility to update any changes in your address or phone numbers with the State’s Attorney office until the case is resolved.

If you are a victim of a non-violent crime, not all non-violent crime cases are assigned a coordinator. However the State’s Attorney office values all crime victim input and your opinion matters. If you are a victim and have not received a form letter or call from our office, you can contact our office at 847-377-3000 and ask to speak to the prosecutor assigned to your case or ask to speak to the coordinator assigned in that courtroom. If neither are available ask to speak to the lead coordinator Margarita Garcia of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit. To better assist you, please call with as much information as possible; name of defendant and case number.

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1. What type of services and information can I get through Victim Witness Assistance Unit?
2. If I am the victim in a criminal case, do I need to hire an attorney?
3. Can I drop charges against the defendant/offender?
4. Are defendants required to attend all court dates?
5. Are crime victim(s) or witnesses required to go to all court dates?
6. Can victims attend court dates?
7. How do I find out the next court date?
8. Will a Victim Witness Assistance Coordinator be assigned to every case?
9. How can an offender plea not guilty if he/she made a statement to the police or there are witnesses to the crime?
10. Who decides if the defendant pleas guilty or request a trial?
11. Will I have to testify in court?
12. What do I do if I receive a subpoena to testify?
13. What should I do if the defense attorney or investigator contacts me?
14. How long will I be in court?
15. Can a friend or relative be in court when I testify?
16. Will the defendant be in the courtroom when I testify?
17. What time does court start?
18. Where do I park when I come to the court house or Lake County State’s Attorney Office?
19. Does the victim of crime have input on the criminal case?
20. What is a victim impact statement?
21. Who can present a victim impact statement (VIS) in court?
22. When should a violent crime victim prepare or write a victim impact statement (VIS)?
23. When does the victim present the victim impact statement (VIS) in court?
24. How many victim impact statements can be presented in court?
25. Is a violent crime victim required to complete a victim impact statement (VIS)?
26. Can I write and present a victim impact statement for a non-violent crime in court?
27. Is there money to help cover medical expenses as a result of violent crime committed against me?
28. Is there money to help violent crime victims and families of homicide with medical, counseling, and burial expenses?
29. What is the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Compensation Program and who is eligible?
30. Is counseling available to violent crime victims?