The Government will pay your travel expenses as follows:
- Plane fare: Please contact the Victim Witness Coordinator at 1-800-539-8002 to make arrangements for a pre-paid ticket. If you buy your own plane ticket, you will be reimbursed only what the government fare would have been.
- Hotel: The U.S. Attorney’s Office can arrange a pre-paid hotel, or you may make your own reservations. The maximum hotel allowance in Las Vegas from January 1 through May 31 is $124.00 (plus tax); June 1 through August 31 is $93.00 (plus tax); September 1 through December 31 is $108.00 (plus tax). You may make your own hotel reservations or call the Victim Witness Coordinator for assistance and will be reimbursed for your actual room cost up to the maximum. Receipt required. If you stay with family/friends, you will not be given a hotel allowance.
- Meals/ You will be reimbursed for meals only if you are required to remain away from home overnight.
- Incidentals: The allowance for meals & incidental expenses is $64.00 for each full day, and $32.00 for each travel day.
- Taxi/Shuttle: Reimbursement for the most economical transportation to/from the airport. Receipt required if more than $25.00. If you drive to your airport, reimbursement is 48.5 cents a mile. We will pay airport parking with a receipt. Rental cars are not reimbursable.
- Witness fee: $40.00 each day we require you to be here, including required travel days.
Government regulations state that witnesses are to be reimbursed for the least expensive method of travel, and for meals and lodging only when required to remain away from home overnight. You are expected to exercise the same care that a prudent person would exercise if traveling on personal business and expending personal funds. Excess costs, circuitous routes, delays or luxury accommodations are not acceptable. You will be responsible for excess costs and additional expenses incurred for personal preference or convenience. If you purchase your own plane ticket and your testimony date changes, you will not be reimbursed for the ticket or any penalties for changing the ticket. Do not purchase a non-refundable ticket.
After you have testified, you will need to fill out a voucher available from the Victim Witness Coordinator. Within 30 days of receiving your signed voucher, the U.S. Marshal’s office will mail you a check to cover your reimbursable costs and witness fees.
If you have a medical or family condition that requires special consideration, please contact the Victim Witness Coordinator or Assistant U.S. Attorney who subpoenaed you immediately.
You will be paid a $40.00 witness fee for each day you are required to come to court or our office for a pre-trial conference. Mileage is reimbursed at 48.5 cents a mile; parking will be reimbursed if you furnish a receipt. We do not pay parking tickets. You must sign a witness voucher, available from the Victim Witness Coordinator. You will receive your check within 30 days.
Do not come to court before talking to someone in this office. The business day before you leave to travel to court, call ((702) 388-6336 or 1-800-539-8002 toll free) to make sure your appearance is still required. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday-Friday except Federal holidays.
Testifying in Court
If you have any concerns or questions over testifying, the Victim Witness Coordinator can assist you or refer you to the appropriate person to answer your questions or concerns. We also have materials available upon request on simple do's and don'ts regarding testifying which cover a variety of topics including what to wear, what to do if you approached by the defense counsel and other simple questions.
If you feel as though you are being harassed or intimidated because of your status as a witness or victim of a federal crime, please report this information to our office immediately. If you feel in immediate danger, always contact your local law enforcement agency and/or the federal law enforcement agency handling your matter first and then contact us once you are safe and secure.