The Victim/Witness Assistance Program is available to assist you and help navigate you through the court process. The program responds to the needs of and enforces the rights of victims and witnesses of crime. Provides support services to victims of crime, generally information about criminal justice system and referrals to available community resources. Information is given about the role of a witness, court procedures, interpreters, restitution, and more.
If you have any questions, or if we can do anything to help you, please let us know. (757)382-6417.
Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Victim/Witness Assistance Program
P.O. Box 15125
Chesapeake, Virginia 23328
Main office: (757) 382-6417
Fax: (757) 382-8373
2nd floor of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Building
2nd floor of the General District and Circuit Court Building
Patty Strathmann (757) 382-6794 email@example.com
Anita Santiago (757) 382-3207 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackee Morales-Padilla (757) 382-8172 email@example.com
Michelle Maestle Padilla (757) 382-8397 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Overton (757) 382-6883 email@example.com
Michael Arthur (757) 382-6417 firstname.lastname@example.org
What You Should Know About Victim/Witness
Please contact the Victim/Witness Assistance Program if you would like information on the following:
Information on filing for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund (CICF)
Information on court ordered restitution
Advanced notification of judicial proceedings
Case status and disposition information on your case
Employer contact to ensure you are not penalized for appearing in court
Upon written request, notification from a local jail or the penitentiary of the convicted assailants release or name change
Upon written request, notification from the Attorney General’s Office of an appeal being granted
Your right to provide a written and/or verbal Victim Impact Statement after the defendant’s conviction
You would like an explanation of court proceedings
You would like a tour of the courtroom before you testify
You would like a victim advocate to attend court with you
You have questions about your role as a witness
You have questions about obtaining a protective order
Upon written request, confidentiality of your address and telephone number
Provision of an interpreter during court proceedings
Separate waiting areas during court proceedings
Helpful tips when coming to court
Leave electronic devices, such as cell phones and cameras, at home.
Be to court on time.
Leave yourself plenty of time to park and walk to the court building.
Be aware of any bridge lifts you may encounter on your drive to court.
Be prepared to wait. Our courts are busy and handle many cases every day.
Arrange childcare ahead of time.
Due to the heavy caseload, cases are not always called at the time of your subpoena; therefore, you may be in court for an extended period of time.
The way you dress is a direct reflection of you and your character.
Bring any evidence, such as pictures, to court for your hearing.