The Aransas County Attorney's Office is here to help guide crime victims through the County's criminal court system
No one wants or asks to become a victim of crime. However, should it happen to you, it is important that you are informed and feel comfortable with the criminal justice system. The Aransas County Attorney's Office can provide you with all the information you need to help you understand your rights as a victim of a crime. I hope this Information is helpful and please feel free to contact us at 361-790-0114
Richard P. Bianchi - Aransas County Attorney
Aid in completing the Victim Impact Statement or Crime Loss Form.
The Victim Impact Statement is a detailed account of the emotional, physical, and financial effects the crime has had on you, the victim and your family members. The Victim Assistance Coordinator will provide you with these forms and help you complete them, if necessary. If you have been a victim of a property crime you will receive a Crime Loss Form on which you may provide information on your financial and property losses.
We can provide you general information regarding the criminal justice system.
The criminal justice system can be very confusing if you have never had any involvement with it. The Victim Assistant Coordinator is available to help you understand how the system actually works. As your case moves through the judicial system, this office is available to answer questions regarding the progress of your case and keep you involved if you request it.
Aid in preparing an application through the Crime Victim Compensation Fund.
Victims may receive help from the State in paying certain bills that are incurred as a result of a crime. The Victime Assistance Coordinator can help you understand the requirements that must be met to be eligible for the Crime Victim Compensation Fund. If you meet the basic requirements, my office will assist you in preparing the application for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.
Refer you to various social service agencies.
There are many social service agencies that can help you in the aftermath of a crime. The Victim Assistance Coordinator can help you put you in contact with the agencies that may be able to help you or click on the Community Services Link.
Court ordered restitition
When a defendant is convicted, the Court may order restitution to be paid as a condition of probation or parole and in some cases may create a judgement lien on behalf of the victim. The Court may order restitution for any loss and it is not limited to violent offenses like the Crime Victim Compensation Fund. It is important that you assist law enforcement in gathering information concerning your individual loss and give that to the investigators and Assistant County Attorney handling the offense. My office will present the information to the Court at the time of trial and seek to obtain the Court Order for you.
Aid in returning property involved in a criminal case.
If your property has been held as evidence in a criminal case, our office can assist you in regaining possession of your property.
More information about the Crime Victim Compensation program can be found at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas website. Click Here to go to Attorney General WebsiteClick here to visit the Attorney General's Website.