September 24, 2012

The rights of crime victims


Another way a victim can be reimbursed is through the New York State Office of Victim Services. In addition to the kinds of losses that a judge can order, that office can pay for forensic rape exams for victims of sexual assault, crime scene cleanup, moving expenses and vocational rehabilitation.

Sometimes, loving support turns into enabling, giving permission to criminal behavior. The best step may be the painful one of having your loved one arrested.

In that case, the victim will not be alone but can have some protection and some input, as well.

Penny Clute has been an attorney since 1973. She was the Clinton County district attorney from 1989 through 2001, then Plattsburgh City Court judge until she retired in January 2012. 



District attorneys:

  • Clinton County, Andrew Wylie, 565-4770.
  • Essex County, Kristy Sprague, 873-3335.
  • Franklin County, Derek Champagne, 481-1544.

Additional Resources:

  • Clinton County Advocacy Center, 565-4648, http/ and click on Probation Department.
  • New York State Office of Victim Services,
  • New York Courts,
  • Victim Information & Notification Everyday (state prison inmates), 888-846-3469.
  • Sheriff's Victim Hotline (county jail inmates), 888-846-3469.
  • NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Inmate Population Information Search,
  • NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Office of Victim Assistance, 800-783-6059.
  • NYS Parole Victim Impact Unit, 800-639-2650,
  • New York State Police Victim Advocate Molly Nichols, 897-2000.
  • Sexual Assault Services of Planned Parenthood of Northern New York, 561-0605.
  • STOP Domestic Violence, 563-6904.


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