JAMES P. WILLETT
District Attorney

222 E. Weber Avenue
Second Floor, Room 202
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 468-2400
Fax: (209) 465-0371


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San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Victim-Witness Program

The District Attorney's Victim-Witness Program provides a variety of services for crime victims and witnesses to make their experience with the criminal justice system less traumatic and easier to understand. This involves assistance during the investigation and court proceedings and help in making claims for compensation under the California Victim Compensation Program.

 

Mission Statement

To provide comprehensive and coordinated services to all victims of violent crime with fairness, dignity and respect. To empower victims in the recovery from the effects of crime through crisis intervention and related support services.

 

Witness Services

Witnesses of a crime are key in the prosecution of the case. As a witness of a crime, your truthful testimony is crucial to the outcome of the case. The criminal justice system can be overwhelming when you are a witness. Victim advocates can assist with the following to lessen the experience:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Resource and referrals to outside agencies
  • Orientation to criminal justice system
  • Case status/disposition (upon request)
  • Emergency assistance with shelter, food, clothing & transportation
  • Witness Fees

Victim Services

Victims of crime often feel lost and frustrated during the course of the criminal justice system. Victim advocates serve as the liaison between the victims and law enforcement officials and ensure that each victim is treated with equality and respect. It is essential for us that victims and family friends/relatives are included in the criminal justice process. Victim advocates can assist with the following:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Resource and referrals to outside agencies
  • Follow-up for emotional, personal, financial and employment problems resulting from the crime
  • Emergency assistance in obtaining temporary shelter, clothing, food, transportation & medical care
  • Filing for compensation through the California Victim Compensation Program
  • Obtaining criminal restraining orders (Emergency Restraining orders required, appointments only)
  • Transportation
  • Funeral arrangements
  • Victim Impact Statements
  • Orientation to the criminal just system support through court appearances
  • Information regarding the progress of the case & it's disposition (upon request)
  • Restitution assistance

Victim Mobile Crisis Unit

The mobile unit is a county wide crime scene response to law enforcement in order to reduce initial trauma to victims. Victim advocates may provide crisis intervention, support services through medical examinations, transportation, emergency housing/clothing or assist with any questions during the investigation and the aftermath of the crime.

 

 

Witnesses Subpoenaed for Court

If you receive a subpoena from the District Attorney to appear in court as a witness you should call the phone number on the subpoena to confirm that you have received the subpoena and to see if there has been any change in the date and time of the court hearing. Hearings are often rescheduled or postponed, sometimes with very little advance notice. It is important that you verify your contact information when you call so the District Attorney can notify you of any change in the date or time you are needed in court.

 

It is also strongly suggested that you call the District Attorney's Office the afternoon before your court appearance to confirm that the hearing is proceeding as scheduled at (209) 468-2400. You will need to provide the case name or case number from your subpoena and you will then be connected with the unit that issued the subpoena.