Understanding the Criminal and Civil Justice Systems

Victims’ Rights Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints filed by crime victims against its employees. To file a complaint you can call 877-574-9302. Complications in the Criminal Justice Process Our justice system works within the presumption that you are innocent until proven guilty, which is why there is such a need for solid evidence to not only bring the case before the court, but also to prove it. Sometimes, due to the way an offense has occurred, there may be complications that affect the possibility of bringing charges or succeeding in prosecution. Hit and Run In most impaired driving cases the offender is apprehended by law enforcement. Yet, in some hit-and-run vehicular crashes, the offender is never found, or found long after evidence of substance impairment is gone. The offender may not face any charges or consequences for what they have done, which may add another difficult component to the healing journey of those bereaved or injured. It is also difficult to focus anger when the person In cases where there is no prosecution, extreme feelings of anger and bitterness are normal. responsible has not been apprehended. Extreme feelings of anger, bitterness, helplessness, and hopelessness may emerge. When the Offender is Killed When the offender is killed in the crash, victims/survivors report mixed emotions. Some feel a sense of “ultimate justice,”

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