Victims Bill of Rights

What you should know:

  1. The accused may be released from custody prior to trial.
  2. Victims have certain rights during the stages of the Criminal Justice Process.
  3. That additional information may be obtained by contacting the filing agency or CJCC (Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at 404/559-4949).
  4. Victims may be eligible for out-of-pocket expenses from the Crime Victim's Compensation Program.
  5. Victim may have available to them, community-based victim service programs and for information contact the Governor's Victim Assistance Help line at 1/800-338-6745.
  6. Victims must meet any applicable obligations (provide a current phone number and address).
Dekalb County offers victims of crimes the VINE system. VINE is a free and anonymous telephone service that provides victims of crime two important features; information and notification. VINE will monitor the custody status of offenders in the DeKalb County Jail. Information is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.VINE is an automated system but it is supported by 24-hour operator assistance if you need additional help or you speak a language other than English. Crime victims may register directly with VINE by calling the toll-free number at (800) 398-2916, using a touch-tone phone or on their website.

At this time, the Newton County does not offer a system similar to the VINE system. Persons inquiring information in Newton County should contact the Newton County District Attorney's office at 770-784-2070.