Stevens County Attorney's Office Victim Services
General Information for Victims of Crime
If you have been a victim of a crime, please contact
- Stevens County Law Enforcement: 320-208-6500
If you are afraid or need help NOW, please contact
- Someplace Safe at 320-589-3208.
- Through the Office of Justice Programs website. Visit the Office of Justice Programs website.
If it is not an emergency and you have questions, you may contact
- Stevens County Attorney’s Office Victim Services: 320-208-6590.
Use our survey to leave anonymous feedback online at: Victim Services Feedback Survey
Links With Information for Victims
Resources for Victims of Crime in Minnesota, visit the Department of Public Safety website for more information.
- Someplace Safe: Stevens County
- Crime Victim Rights Document (PDF)
- UMM Victim Rights Website
- Release Notifications (PDF)
- Restitution (PDF)
- Repartions (PDF)
- Victim Impact Statement (PDF)
- Post-Conviction Issues (PDF)
What Victim Services Can Do for You
- Accompany victims to law enforcement if they choose to report an offense;
- Act as a liaison between victims and the criminal justice system;
- Assist victims in applying for restitution and reparations;
- Provide advocacy and information to victims throughout the criminal justice process to ensure understanding of the system and that their rights and wishes are considered throughout the process;
- Make funds available on a limited basis to help with emergencies not covered by insurance or other sources;
- Work with professionals and community members to provide education and establish crime prevention efforts;
- Work with professionals in the community to ensure sensitive and constructive systems’ response to crime victims.
What to Expect in a Criminal Proceeding
The court process is often lengthy and confusing. The following is a general outline of the criminal prosecution states. Individual cases may vary.
- First Appearance - where the bail is set, conditions of release are ordered and a public defender is appointed, if appropriate.
- Omnibus Hearing - where the defendant can plead guilty or not guilty. If the plea is not guilty, a pre-trial hearing is set.
- Pre-Trial Hearing - where plea agreements are negotiated with input from victims. Victim presence is not required but is recommended. If defendant pleads guilty, sentencing is sometimes on the same day. If defendant pleads not guilty in any case, trial date is set.
- Trial - where witnesses testify about the facts of the case. Can be with or without a jury. Victim is required to come if subpoenaed.
- Sentencing - if the defendant is found guilty, judge imposes punishment which can include jail or prison time, fines, community service, restitution to the victim, terms of probation, counseling or treatment programs, etc. Victim is encouraged to attend and give a victim impact statement.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteers work with the Victim Services Program in some specific ways. Those who would like to volunteer to support the program may help with updating materials, presenting educational programs and/or planning special events. Other volunteers provide direct support to crime victims and their loved ones.