Victim’s Resource Center
The Second Judicial District attorney's office is committed to working with victims throughout the legal process while utilizing our relationships with various victim advocacy organizations. Since 2018, our Victim Resource Center has worked to create a space within our office dedicated to victims. Here are some of our services we provide.
Victim advocates support victims, help them understand their rights under the New Mexico Victims of Crime Act, and keep them involved with their cases as they move through the criminal justice system. Victim advocates are not attorneys, but are knowledgeable professionals who are available to assist crime victims with various needs and concerns pertaining to the prosecution of the criminal case including connecting victims to resources and assisting in the courtroom.
There are certain requirements that must be met to qualify for a housing letter:
- You must be named as the victim in a domestic violence case that is currently pending in our office.
- You must have a restraining order against the defendant in the pending case and provide a copy.
- You must currently be living in a shelter as a result of the incident and provide a letter from the shelter verifying your residence with them. (REQUIRED)
- You must be willing to cooperate in the prosecution of the case.
- You must have children that live with you, be over the age of 50, or have a disability. (You have to provide a letter from a Doctor/Therapist to verify your disability to Housing) (REQUIRED)
For more information, click here, or contact Christina Young at 505-222-1204.
The respite area is located on the first floor of the office. It is equipped with a small dining area, comfortable furnishings, two televisions, a refrigerator, light snacks, and a microwave. Victims and their families are welcome to utilize the respite area while waiting for pretrial interviews, hearings, and trial outcomes at the court next door.
Victim Impact Program
This special division is a vital part of the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office. It provides extensive assistance and referrals to victims of both misdemeanor and felony crimes. Victim advocates help victims understand their rights under the New Mexico Victims of Crime Act and keep them involved with their cases as they move through the criminal justice system.
The Victims of Crimes Act provides certain rights to victims of violent crime. This division is here to help victims understand those rights, to keep victims informed about their case, and to provide information regarding available victim assistance programs.
The Victim Impact Program division is committed to working with you as your case proceeds through the Criminal Justice System.
Contact us at 505-222-1099 to set up an appointment with one of our Victim Advocates and find out how we can help you.
New Mexico Victims of Crime Act (NMSA § 31-26-1)
The Victims of Crime Act provides certain rights to victims of violent crimes. Our office is here to help you understand those rights, to keep you informed about your case, and to provide information regarding victim assistance programs available to you. We will provide information for possible financial assistance programs available to help offset medical expenses and loss of wages incurred as a result of the crimes. We are committed to working with you as your case proceeds through the criminal justice system.
Victims have the right to:
- Be treated with fairness and respect
- Timely disposition of the case
- Be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice process
- Receive notification of court proceedings
- Attend any public court proceeding the accused has a right to attend
- Confer with the prosecution
- Make a statement at any sentencing or post-sentencing hearing of the accused
- Receive restitution from the offender
- Receive information about conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, escape, or release of the accused.
- Have the prosecuting attorney notify victim’s employer, if requested, of the necessity of the victim’s cooperation and testimony in a court proceeding that may require the absence of the victim from work
- Return of evidence belonging to the victim
- Be informed at sentencing of any earned merits deduction eligibilities.
When do the rights of the victims take effect?
- When formal charges of an alleged criminal offense is made by the victim or agency.
- Indictment, information, or criminal complaint is delivered to the District Attorney’s office.
Victim Responsibilities – A victim can exercise their rights if they:
- Report the criminal offense within five days of the occurrence or discovery of the offense unless reasonable not to do so.
- Keep the District Attorney’s office informed of current address, phone numbers, and email, even after sentencing
- Fully cooperate with and fully respond to reasonable requests by law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office