Victim Witness Assistance
The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Utah, is committed to assist the victims and witnesses of Federal crimes. The Victim/Witness Assistance Program is designed to ensure the needs and questions of victims and witnesses are promptly addressed, to the extent that the federal law will allow.
The “Links” listed below will provide you with some additional information. If you receive a notice from our office indicating that you will only be notified once on a case, you can continue to get updates on the “Multi-Victim Case Update” link.
INFORMATION FOR VICTIMS IN LARGE CASES
The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah is committed to ensuring that victims of crime remain an integral part of the criminal justice process. In large-scale cases, individual contact with victims is impossible. Accordingly, we have created a case webpage to provide information and updates on the case to victims. If you believe you are a victim of one of these cases, please visit this page often to view recent case developments.
The contact for the Victim-Witness Program is listed below:
111 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-2176
Email: Candelaria Bennett
(801) 325-3326 (Direct line)
800-949-9451 (Toll Free)
(801) 524-3399 (Fax)
If no one is available and you need immediate assistance, you may redial (801) 524-5682 or press 0 during the voice message and ask the receptionist to give you the cell number of one of the Victim-Witness Staff.
If you wish to attend a sentencing or any court hearing, please be sure to let us know and provide information including the name of the defendant, and your phone number. Cases are often postponed at very short notice, and every effort will be made to keep you informed.
It is your responsibility to contact our office if you have a change of address during the prosecution stage and at any time after the defendant has been convicted. If you were awarded restitution it is your responsibility to notify the court with your change of address at 801-524-6143.
A crime victim has the following rights:
(1) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused; (2)The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime, or of the release or escape of the accused; (3) The right not to be excluded from any public court proceeding, unless the court determines, based on clear and convincing evidence, that the victim’s testimony would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding; (4) The right to be reasonably heard at any public court proceeding involving release, plea, sentencing, and at any parole proceeding; (5) The reasonable right to confer with the government attorney on the case; (6) The right to full and timely restitution as provided by law; (7) The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay; (8) The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy; (9) The right to be informed in a timely manner of any plea bargain or deferred prosecution agreement; and (10) The right to be informed of the rights under this section and the services described in section 503(c) of the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 10607(c)) and provide contact information for the Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman of the Department of Justice.
We hope that this information helps you understand your rights, we do not represent you personally, and however, you do have the right to seek the advice of an attorney regarding any of the rights outlined on this web site.
VNS is a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), THE United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the United States Attorneys’ Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
This free, computer-based system provides important information to victims. In many cases you will receive letters generated through VNS containing information about the events pertaining to any defendants in the case. A brochure is available for more information.
If you are a victim of identity theft:
- Check your accounts.
- Contact all creditors and financial institutions.
- Place a fraud alert on your social security number, and obtain a copy of your credit report.
- Contact the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) no-cost victim assistance number: 1-888-400-5530 or www.idtheftcenter.org. The ITRC can provide victims with valuable information and give you detailed information on what you need to file.
- Run your credit report quarterly.
- Contact one of the three companies to place an alert.
- Once you place the fraud alert in your file, you’re entitled to order free copies of your credit reports, and, if you ask, only the last four digits of your SSN will appear on your credit reports.
- If you are a victim of identity theft and the case is being investigated by a federal agency, you may call Candy Bennett for assistance in resolving problems with merchants, banks, or any other agency if your identity was fraudulently used and if your efforts have not been successful.