Homicide Victims Advocate Division

The District Attorney’s Office Homicide Victims Advocate Division is here to assist you and your family through the criminal court system, a sometimes lengthy process that is quite often confusing and frustrating. We understand that you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure about what to expect next. Our hope is with the following information and the District Attorney’s Office, we will be able to answer many of your questions and give you and your family the guidance and support you need. Our goal is to make sure each victim is treated with fairness, dignity and respect throughout the criminal justice system process. Our system of justice is complex in nature and may appear to the ordinary citizen to be filled with people who are much more comfortable in the culture and the language of law then the majority of citizens who become crime victims. The victims of crime deserve to be educated on the system. Our objective is to demystify and humanize the process in such a way that much, if not all of the uneasiness is put aside prior to entering the courthouse.

Shelba Norris, Homicide Advocate, will make every attempt to help you and your family through this traumatic time. You are always welcome to contact her at 405-713-1692 anytime you need an update on your case or have any questions. We will usually contact you to meet with the prosecuting attorney assigned to your case after the preliminary hearing conference and prior to the preliminary hearing. When you think of questions you have for the attorney, write them down so you will be prepared when you meet.

To help you better understand the court process, we have linked some of the different court proceedings in the order which they may go. It is not uncommon for some of these proceedings to be delayed or continued. Jury Trials very seldom go on the first setting due to large dockets and preparation time for these type cases.

HELPFUL INFORMATION AND LINKS
PLEA NEGOTIATIONS: A plea agreement is a negotiated outcome in a criminal case in which a prosecutor and a defendant agree to a disposition of the charges against the defendant.
VICTIM BILL OF RIGHTS: A list of rights that victim/witness is entitled to.
PREPARING FOR TRIAL: The following link will provide you with notes and guidelines dealing with how to prepare for the trial and its process.
COURTROOM PROCEDURE: The following link will describe the general procedure of the courtroom. It is suggested that you are aware of the procedures before your trial.
VICTIM IMPACT LETTER OUTLINE: The purpose of this outline is to assist you in putting you own thoughts on paper or for an oral presentation to the court. The following format is only a suggestion.
VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT: Please complete this form to assist you with your impact statement.
HELPFUL INFORMATION: Please complete this form to assist you with your impact statement.
DEALING WITH THE MEDIA: The following is a list of guidelines for the victims who choose to deal with the media.
COUNSELOR LIST: The following is a list of counselors that some of our claimants have expressed has proven beneficial in their process of healing. You are NOT required to use any of the listed providers.
VICTIM NOTIFICATION: Please complete the following form for the to notify us of a victim.
OK VINE: OK VINE is a free, 24-hour, confidential, computer-assisted service that provides Victim Information and Notification Everyday.
HELPFUL RESOURCES: A list of helpful organizations including information for the Homicide Survivors Support Group and Murder Victim Memorial Poster creation.
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