King William/King & Queen Victim/Witness Program
The King William and King and Queen Victim/Witness Assistance Program was developed to assist those who find themselves involved in the criminal justice system as crime victims or witnesses. This program, operated by the Offices of the Sheriffs and Offices of the Commonwealth Attorneys, helps ensure that fair and compassionate treatment is given to all victims and witnesses. Our goal is to reduce confusion by explaining the criminal justice process while providing information about services that are available.
The legal process can be long and complicated. The Victim/Witness Assistance Program is available to make sure the needs of victims and witnesses are met.
Crime Victim & Witness Rights Act
As a victim or witness of crime, you have certain rights under Virginia’s Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act. There are specific steps you may need to take to receive these rights. For detailed information, obtain a copy of “An Informational Guide to Virginia’s Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act” from the King William and King and Queen Counties Victim/Witness Assistance Program, Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Police Department, Sheriff’s Offices, or the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
Call the Victim/Witness Assistance Program If…
-You need information regarding the status of your case;
-You would like an explanation of court procedures or a tour of the courtroom before you testify;
-You need to verify your court date;
-You have questions about your role as a witness;
-You need assistance with your employer regarding your court appearance;
-You need a referral to social service agencies that provide emergency medical, psychological, or financial assistance to crime victims;
-You want assistance in preparing your Victim Impact Statement;
-You have questions about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund and/or you need assistance with filing a claim;
-You are not receiving restitution payments that were ordered by the court;
-You need to notify us of a change of address or telephone number;
-Your personal property is being held as evidence and you want to know when you can recover it; or
-You wish to be notified of a convicted prisoner’s release.
Tips on Testifying
–Be Prepared. Try to recall what happened and picture the scene and objects there. Don’t try to memorize your testimony; simply be prepared to tell what happened in your own words.
–Be Courteous. Try to remain calm and do not lose your temper. Your behavior on the witness stand will affect how your credibility is viewed.
–Tell the Truth. Don’t try to figure out if your answer will hurt or help the case. Just answer truthfully and to the best of your knowledge. If you don’t know the answer, then say you don’t know.
–Speak Clearly and Loudly. Everyone must be able to hear and understand your testimony. An inaudible voice detracts from your testimony and may make the court think that you are not certain of what you are saying.
–Answer Only the Questions Asked of You. If you do not understand a question, ask that it be explained. It is the duty of the attorney to make the question clear. Do not volunteer information and remember to stop immediately if the judge interrupts or an attorney objects to a question.
–Be Prepared to Wait. The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has significantly reduced the amount of time a witness spends in court. However, occasionally a witness may be requested to remain nearby for a period of time.
Robin L. Bostic, Director
351 Courthouse Lane
King William, VA 23086
Office: (804) 769-4159
King William County Sheriff’s Office (non-emergency): (804) 769-0999
Cell Phone: (804) 525-8838