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Could the Owner of an ATM Be Held Accountable if an Assault Occurs at Their ATM?

December 21, 2018

Could the Owner of an ATM Be Held Accountable if an Assault Occurs at Their ATM?

ATMs became popular nearly the moment they were introduced to the market for several reasons, including the fact that they are extremely convenient. Not only can you get money at any time of the day or night, you can get it in locations far from your bank.

That said, there are downsides to ATMs. You may think it’s the fees but the real concern is that ATMs can be criminal magnets. Anyone who’s had to withdraw money alone at night may…

Illinois Lawyer Held in Contempt of Court for Protecting Victim’s Right to Privacy

December 6, 2018

The attorney refused to disclose information about her client’s mental health treatment.

Illinois Lawyer Held in Contempt of Court for Protecting Victim’s Right to Privacy

In criminal cases, people accused of crimes have a range of rights — the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, and the right to due process. Yet it often seems that victims of crimes have very few rights.

In California, a 2008 ballot initiative led to the establishment of Marsy’s Law, which enshrined a crime victim’s bill of rights into law. Other states followed suit, leading to a wave of laws enacted across the…

Court Permits Testimony of Expert on Delayed Disclosure of Child Abuse

November 21, 2018

The case represents a major victory for victims’ rights advocates.

Court Permits Testimony of Expert on Delayed Disclosure of Child Abuse

One of the most challenging aspects of many childhood sexual assault prosecutions is that victims often do not report their abuse immediately. This is due to a number of factors, including the way that children process the trauma of the assault. Delayed reporting is relatively common in childhood sexual abuse cases, yet it may be confusing for juries. Individuals who are not familiar with the impact of trauma on a person may not understand why a victim will wait to report…

Do You Qualify for Help from the California Victim Compensation Board?

November 19, 2018

Do You Qualify for Help from the California Victim Compensation Board?

When you are the victim of a crime, there are many issues that can make life difficult. At , we work tirelessly to ensure that our clients’ rights are respected that they have access to all programs available to them. One of the programs that you may qualify for is the California Victim Compensation Board, otherwise known as CalVCB.

Read on to learn more about this program and whether or not you may qualify for it. Then reach out to to learn more about

Utah Sexual Assault Victims Seek Justice Through Appointment of Prosecutor

November 12, 2018

Their petition is based on a provision in the Utah constitution.

Utah Sexual Assault Victims Seek Justice Through Appointment of Prosecutor

In October 2018, four sexual assault victims — Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2, Jane Doe 3, and Jane Doe 4 — filed a petition in the Utah Supreme Court, requesting a prosecutor be appointed so that criminal charges would be filed in their cases. The Jane Does are challenging the decision of local prosecutors to not bring criminal charges against their alleged abusers — and using a new legal theory based on the Utah constitution.

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