Thursday, June 29, 2017

Monetary (Civil) Justice for victims of crime and domestic violence

G-Scales - JuriesI attended a very informative seminar yesterday, sponsored by the National Center for Victims of Crime, about how crime victims may be entitled to file a civil suit in addition to, or instead of, pursuing criminal justice.  Even if the perpetrator has no money. Civil monetary awards can be won even if a criminal suit is lost; and, there are no monetary costs to victims (like personal injury cases, the attorney takes a percentage of the award).

Everyone who is a crime or domestic violence or stalking victim — or who works with these victims — should know about this.

Here’s a link to an article about the seminar:  http://www.thecrimereport.org/news/inside-criminal-justice/2014-06-making-the-case-for-victims

If you live in NYC area, below are three attorneys who’ve been highly successful in winning awards for victims:

  • Madeline Bryer,  212-370-0630; www.victimrights.net
  • J. Michael Reck, 714-742-6593; mreck@andersonadvocates.colm
  • Harry Rothenberg, 212-563-0100; harry@injurylawyer.com

If you don’t live in NYC, go to National Center for Victims of Crime website for a national directory of lawyers who handle these cases.  The website also contains a tremendous amount of free, downloadable information on issues pertinent to crime victims and there’s even a Stalking Resource Center on the site.