How will I know when the offender gets out of jail or prison?
Prior to conviction, a county jail or detention facility must notify a victim of a violent crime of the offender's release. All victims, regardless of the crime, are strongly encouraged to register with VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) program to request automatic release notification. Following conviction, victims of inmates in a county facility must make a request for release notification to that facility and can also register with VINE. Victims of inmates in a Department of Corrections facility must register with the Minnesota CHOICE program for release notification.
Will I be able to meet with the Prosecutor?
Yes, Please contact the Victim Witness Liaison at 507-328-2113 to schedule a meeting.
Will I have to testify?
It depends. Most crime victim cases can be resolved without the need for testifying or going to court. Every case is different. You should consult with the Victim Witness Liaison if you have concerns.
As a victim, is there someone in the Prosecutor's Office who can answer my questions?
If you have questions about anything associated with your case, you may contact the Victim Witness Liaison at the Rochester City Attorney's Office at 507-328-2113.
What if I want to drop charges?
As a matter of policy, the Prosecutor does not routinely drop charges; therefore, a victim should be certain of his/her actions when pursuing charges. Only the Prosecutor can drop charges against a defendant; however, you should let the Prosecutor's office know if you no longer wish to proceed with the case. While the Prosecutor will take your wishes into consideration, the Prosecutor must also take into consideration the safety of the community and other factors when making a decision to drop charges or proceed with the case.