A. In most cases, crimes must be reported to the police department or other law enforcement agency which has jurisdiction over the city or county where the crime occurred.
A. You can contact the Solicitor's Office with any unanswered questions by calling (843)958-1900; writing to us at 101 Meeting Street, Charleston SC 29401 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A. Please refer to the Victim/Witness Assistance page.
A. The Division of Victim Assistance is the state agency mandated by law to pay compensation including medical, counseling, lost wages, and funeral expenses to eligible persons who have been injured as a result of a violent crime.
A. We have recently adopted a presumptive no-drop policy. Victim’s of domestic violence can call and schedule an appointment to watch a video on domestic violence. After viewing the video the victim can sign an affidavit requesting that charges be dismissed. It is ultimately up to the Criminal Domestic Solicitor whether to proceed with the case.
A. Yes, call the VINE system at 1-800-721-7955 or the County Jail.
A. If you have been subpoenaed you do have to show up for court.
A. A subpoena is a court order which requires you to appear at the time and place stated. Failure to comply with the subpoena may result in the issuance of a bench warrant for your arrest. Immediately call the Assistant Solicitor at the phone number listed in the subpoena.
A. Defense Attorney's, Public Defenders or their investigators may try to contact the victims or witnesses to take statements. As a victim or witness you can choose whether or not to speak with them. Please notify the Assistant Solicitor handling the case if you have been interviewed by the Defense Attorney or their investigator.
A. Yes. You can bring a family member or friend to court for support.
A. Ms. Wilson is the Solicitor of Charleston and Berkeley County and, as such, her name appears on most court documents. The Assistant Solicitor working on your case is most likely the person who actually signed the court document or letter. This is the person to contact.
A. No. All attorneys are governed by a code of ethics which prevents them from speaking directly to anyone who has an attorney. As long as you are represented by an attorney, we may speak only to your attorney. Any questions that you have about your case should be answered by your attorney.
A. You may call, email or write to the Solicitor's Office. You are assured that someone in authority will contact you to address your concern.
A. You may be entitled to reimbursement of expenses you have incurred by way of personal injury or property loss suffered as a result of a crime. There is no funding available for stolen or damaged personal property. However, you may request that the Judge who sentences the defendant after he or she is found guilty, or pleads guilty, to order the defendant to reimburse you for your loss. Depending on the circumstances, the judge may or may not require the defendant to pay restitution. You can also seek the advice of a civil attorney to attempt to regain your losses.
It is up to you to prove the amount of your loss to the court. Be sure to keep good records and bring them with you to all conferences and court appearances.