Victims Rights & Advocates
Our office has a dedicated team of professionals who work with crime victims and witnesses at every step of the judicial process. A victim’s advocate is assigned to each case and will attempt to make contact with the victim within 48 hours of arrest to gather information and to inform them of their rights throughout the process.
We ask that all crime victims fill out a Victim Impact Statement that is avail-able at the bottom of this page or in any of our offices. It is important to fill out this form because it helps us gather information about the crime and the extent of which is has affected your life. It also ensures that we have the correct contact information so we may inform you about the case’s progression through the criminal justice system.
South Carolina Victim's Bill of Rights
Section 24 of the Constitution of South Carolina guarantees victims a number of rights. It is our job to assist crime victims in exercising their rights. To preserve and protect victims’ rights to justice and due process regardless of race, sex, age, religion, or economic status, victims of crime have the right to:
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Resources
Many of the murder cases we prosecute are domestic murders in which the level of abuse escalates over time. It is our mission to prevent this progression of violence by intervening beginning with the first domestic violence arrest.
In 2006, we lobbied for a new law that allows our office to prosecute domestic violence cases in General Sessions Court rather than in Magistrate’s Court. This law allows the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office to prosecute domestic batterers in the same courtrooms as murderers, rapists and armed robbers. Up until recently, the Fourteenth Circuit was the only judicial circuit to do so.
Gov. Nikki Haley signed the Domestic Violence Reform Act on May 4, 2015. The new law enhances penalties for repeat offenders, enhances penalties toward those who commit domestic violence in front of children and bolsters penalties based on the severity of abuse. If you have suffered domestic abuse, have been sexually assaulted or know someone who has, call 843-790-6220 or 1-800-868-2632 for immediate assistance.