VICTIM SERVICES

The Montgomery ISD Police Department strives to provide appropriate responses to the needs of all crime victims to lessen the short and long-term trauma experienced as a direct result of victimization. In addition, we aim to aid the victims through the criminal justice process.

  • A victim of violent crime is:

    • Someone who is the victim of sexual assault, kidnapping or aggravated robbery or who has suffered personal injury or death because of the criminal conduct of another
    • The close relative (spouse, parent, adult brother or sister or child) of a deceased victim
    • The guardian of a victim

    These rights also apply to victims of juvenile crime, including victims who suffer property loss.

    Victims of crime have the right to:

    • Receive adequate protection from harm and threats of harm arising from cooperation with prosecution efforts
    • Have their safety considered by the magistrate when setting bail
    • Advance notification, on request, of relevant court proceedings, including cancellations and rescheduling
    • Request information from a peace officer about a defendant's general right to bail and criminal investigation procedures, and from the prosecutor's office about general procedures in the criminal justice system, including plea agreements, restitution, appeals and parole
    • Information about the Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Fund and, on request, referral to social service agencies that provide other types of assistance
    • Provide pertinent information concerning the impact of the crime to the probation department conducting the pre-sentencing investigation
    • Payment for medical examination for victims of sexual assault by the law enforcement agency requesting the exam and, on request, the right to counseling regarding AIDS and HIV infection and testing for sexual assault victims
    • Information, on request, about parole procedures, notification of parole proceedings and of the inmate's release, and the right to participate in the parole process by submitting written information to the Board of Pardons and Paroles for inclusion in the defendant's file for consideration by the Board prior to parole
    • Be present at all public court proceedings, with the presiding judge's consent
    • A safe waiting area at all public court proceedings
    • Prompt return of any property that is no longer needed as evidence
    • Have the prosecutor notify, on request, an employer that the need for the victim's testimony may involve the victim's absence from work
    • Complete a Victim Impact Statement, detailing the emotional, physical and financial impact of the crime on the victim and to have the statement considered by a judge at sentencing and by officials prior to the release of the offender(s)
    • A forensic medical examination if the sexual assault is reported to the law enforcement agency within 96 hours of the assault

    A judge, attorney for the state, peace officer or law enforcement agency is not liable for a failure or inability to provide a right enumerated herein.

  • The Crime Victims' Compensation program is available to assist victims of violent crime with expenses associated with the crime.  In order to receive financial assistance from the fund, victims must complete an application for benefits.  The fund is able to pay for a variety of expenses including:

    • Medical, hospital, physical therapy or nursing care
    • Psychiatric care or counseling
    • Loss of wages due to participation in, or attendance at, the investigation, prosecutorial and judicial processes, and travel
    • Care of a child or a dependent
    • Funeral and burial expenses
    • Loss of earnings of support
    • Crime scene clean-up
    • Replacement costs for clothing, bedding, or property seized as evidence or rendered unusable as a result of the investigation
    • Reasonable attorney fees for assistance in filing the Crime Victims' Compensation application and in obtaining benefits, if the claim is approved
    • Loss of wages and travel to seek medical treatment
    • One time relocation expenses for domestic violence victims or for those sexual assault victims attacked in their own residence

    What Victims may qualify?

    • an innocent victim of crime who suffers physical and/or emotional harm or death
    • an authorized individual acting on behalf of a victim
    • a person who legally assumes the obligations or voluntarily pays certain expenses related to the crime on behalf of the victim
    • an immediate family member or household members related by blood or marriage who require psychiatric care or counseling as a result of the crime
    • an intervener who goes to the aid of the victim or a peace officer
    • a peace officer, firefighter, or individual whose employment includes the duty of protecting the public

    The Victim Services Program will assist you in applying for and obtaining benefits from Crime Victims' Compensation. For more information or to apply, click the link below:

    Attorney General of Texas Crime Victims' Compensation