Who Is a Victim? (CCP 56.32)
What Rights Does a Victim Have? (CCP 56.02)
There is no liability for failure or inability to provide one of the above rights.
Crime Victims’ Compensation (CCP 56.34)
Crime Victims’ Compensation is a financial assistance program through the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. This program assists victims of violent crime with reimbursement of expenses resulting from the crime. These include medical expenses, relocation assistance for qualifying victims, loss of earnings or support, crime scene clean-up; replacement costs, within certain limits for property taken as evidence and not returned in usable condition; crime related travel expenses; and additional benefits for crime victims who have sustained catastrophic injuries. It is a payer of last resort, which means that your insurance and other benefits like Social Security and Medicaid pay first, and then Crime Victims’ Compensation may assist with remaining costs.
Residency Requirements for Crime Victim Compensation (CCP 56.32)
Reporting the Crime (CCP 56.46)
The crime must be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency within a reasonable period of time, but not so late as to interfere with or hamper the investigation and prosecution of the crime.
Filing for Compensation (TCCP, Art.56.37)
You must file the application within three years from the date of the crime. The time may be extended for good cause, including the age of the victim or the physical or mental incapacity of the victim.
Cooperation (TCCP, Art.56.45)
A claim may be denied or reduced if the claimant or victim has not cooperated with the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
What Crimes Are Covered? (TCCP, Art.56.32)
Crimes involving "criminally injurious conduct," defined as conduct that occurs or is attempted, which poses a substantial threat of personal injury or death and is, or would be, punishable by fine, imprisonment or death. This includes sex offenses, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, assaultive offenses, arson, homicide and other violent crimes in which the victim suffers physical or emotional harm or death.
The following motor-vehicle-related crimes are also covered: Failure to Stop and Render Aid, DWI, Manslaughter, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault.
Who Is Not Eligible (CCP 56.45)
Benefits may be reduced or denied if the behavior of the victim contributed to the crime. Benefits shall be denied if the victim or claimant:
An award of compensation to the claimant or victim will be denied if it would benefit the offender or an accomplice of the offender.
What Expenses Are Eligible (CCP 56.34)
Claims may be approved for benefits up to a total of $50,000. These funds may be paid to the victim/claimant or to service providers on behalf of the victim. Approved claims may be awarded compensation for the following expenses related to the crime:
In the case of catastrophic injuries resulting in a total and permanent disability, the victim may be eligible for $75,000 in benefits for:
Reimbursement for property damage, cash, or theft is not an eligible expense.
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