You say to yourself, it won’t happen to me...but then it does. You are the victim of crime. Your property has been stolen or destroyed. You or a loved one is injured, and now you have to deal with the criminal court system. Who is there to help you? The defendant has rights. What rights does the victim have?
The New Hanover and Pender District Attorney’s Office has formed a Victim Services Program to make sure that crime victims get a chance to be heard in court. We need to work together to properly prosecute criminals.
The first step is to visit our Staff Directory page and contact the Victim Witness Legal Assistant assigned to your case and ensure that our office has all your correct contact information.
The next step is to fill out the necessary paperwork for your case. You can download these forms here or get them from your assigned VWLA:
We also encourage you to visit the NC Department of Public Safety Victim Services website for lots of useful information in both English and Spanish, including these victim brochures:
If you are a complainant in a self-initiated case, please be reminded of the terms in the attached document, provided by the magistrate.
The NC Department of Public Safety Victims Compensation Services reimburses citizens who suffer medical expenses and lost wages as a result of being an innocent victim of a crime committed in North Carolina. Victims of rape, assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence and drunk driving, as well as the families of homicide victims, are eligible to apply for financial help.
Victim Service FAQs
Can I continue my case to any day I want?
No. Law enforcement officers have specific court days.
If the witness does not show up will the case be dismissed?
It depends. Some cases can be tried without the victim appearing. Sometimes the case may be continued if the witnesses do not appear. The presiding judge may review the file and sanctions may be imposed.
Can I accept the money for a worthless check warrant I have taken out?
No. Once the warrant is issued the case must be resolved in court.
Where can I learn about additional victim services, including victim compensation?
Please visit the NC Department of Public Safety’s Victim Services webpage for more information or visit our Victim Service Agencies page.
I took out a self-initiated warrant, but now I want to drop it. What should I do?
Come to courtroom 317 on your assigned court date and speak to the Assistant DA. We cannot dismiss the case over the phone or outside of court. Please see the victim forms, above, for the document given by the magistrate to complainants in self-initiated cases.
When is my court date?
How do I get in touch with someone at the DA's Office to discuss my case?
Please call 910-772-6900 or visit our Staff Directory page to find the correct contact in our office.
How can I locate an inmate?
If the inmate is in the New Hanover County jail, please click here.