South Carolina Law allows for a member of the department to be designated as a liaison between victims and the criminal justice system. This liaison assists victims by explaining and ensuring their rights, the court procedure, how to protect themselves, and provides monetary support and assistance services in certain situations. This position is a very important one and one in which it takes a special and dedicated person. This person must be knowledgeable, empathetic, and willing to go above and beyond as for our victims, this is often one of the most difficult times in their lives.
For us here at Folly Beach DPS, that person is Dispatch Supervisor Jackie Miller. Ms. Miller is a very dedicated, caring, and community service minded advocate. For any questions, concerns, or assistance, Ms. Miller can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 843-588-2433.
Here are your victim’s rights:
South Carolina Crime Victims’ Constitutional Rights
To preserve and protect victims’ rights to justice and due process regardless of race, sex, age, religion, economic, status, victims of crime have the right to:
- be treated with fairness, respect and dignity;
- be free from intimidation or harm throughout the criminal and juvenile justice process;
- be informed about victims’ rights;
- be reasonably informed about criminal proceedings;
- be informed if the accused is arrested, released, or escapes;
- confer with the prosecution before the case is heard in court;
- be present at criminal proceedings where the accused has the right to be present;
- be heard at proceedings affecting bond, bail, release, pleas or sentencing;
- have reasonable access to documents relating to the crime before trial;
- receive restitution from the adult or juvenile offenders; and
- a reasonable, prompt and final conclusion of the case.
Further information and assistance can be found by clicking HERE, for the South Carolina – State Office of Victims Assistance.