Crime Victim Lawyers Serving Clients Throughout Pennsylvania
Compassionate Legal Guidance For Crime Victims
Crimes such as assault, rape, domestic violence and child abuse take a tremendous toll on victims. Yet, after the criminal process has run its course, far too many victims end up feeling abandoned and forgotten. Some even feel that way during the criminal process. And that’s not surprising.
While the criminal justice system plays an indispensable role in our society, it doesn’t always fully address the concerns of victims. The system is primarily geared toward protecting the rights of the accused. Because the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, criminal investigations might not always lead to charges. And even cases that result in charges could eventually end in dismissal or acquittal.
You Need Someone To Look Out For You
What’s more, victims often feel lost in the confusion and complexities of the legal system. Everyone else in the case has a lawyer. A prosecutor represents the government (and, in that sense, society as a whole). A defense attorney represents the accused. But who represents you – the individual who was most harmed by the defendant’s behavior? Who walks you through the process, explains what’s going on, gets you the help and compensation you need?
We’re Here For You In Your Darkest Days
At the Bellwoar Kelly, LLP, we can fill that role. Our crime victims lawyers are committed to upholding the rights of crime victims. That means putting you first, looking out for your interests and making sure your voice is heard.
We understand that this may be the most difficult time in your life. You may be suffering from lasting physical, emotional and psychological harm. You might also be shouldering financial burdens as a result of what you’ve endured. Perhaps you’ve had to seek therapy, change schools, quit your job, relocate to a different neighborhood or retake college classes. Maybe you’re still struggling with physical injuries and emotional trauma. The impact of a crime – especially a violent one – can last a lifetime.
Criminal Versus Civil Justice
Fortunately, regardless of the outcome of any criminal case, you may still have strong grounds for pursuing justice through a civil claim. These claims don’t involve the high “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard required in criminal cases. While they might not land the perpetrator in jail, they can help you secure accountability, compensation and closure.
Our crime victim rights lawyers provide compassionate representation for victims of all types of crime and mistreatment, including the following.
Victims Of Violent Crimes
Have you suffered the horror of sexual assault on a college campus or elsewhere? Have you been a victim of assault, robbery, muggings or other violent crimes that occurred as a result of negligent security? Such traumatic and heinous acts can leave lasting marks, physically and emotionally. We can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Victims Of Murder-Homicide
Has a family member been tragically taken from you by a criminal act? Was a loved one killed by a drunk driver? You may have a wrongful death claim, even if the perpetrator was never charged or convicted. As the famous O.J. Simpson case so dramatically illustrated, family members of homicide victims who were left empty-handed by the criminal justice system may nonetheless prevail in pursuing justice through a civil suit.
Victims Of Workplace Violence
Violence in the workplace is a growing cause of injury and death among employees in all industries. From mass shootings to knife rampages to individual assaults, these crimes leave survivors with horrific wounds and nightmarish memories. We can help you pursue the right legal action that both compensates you for your suffering and sends a strong message that workplace violence is never acceptable.
Victims Of Child Sexual Abuse
It’s a terrible reality that most instances of child sexual abuse are perpetrated by those who are known – even trusted – by the child and community at large. Clergy, teachers, youth organization leaders, relatives and other familiar adults make up the bulk of the offenders. Whether the abuse comes to light immediately or decades later, you can turn to our legal team for compassionate and sensitive representation. We’ll advocate for your rights and work tirelessly to hold the perpetrator accountable.
Victims Of School Bullying, Mistreatment And Neglect
Has your child been a victim of school bullying, whether physical, verbal or electronic? Have they suffered neglect or abuse in day care or foster care? Sadly, such mistreatment is often compounded when the school or daycare facility ignores parents’ concerns. We can partner with you to seek accountability for both institutional and individual wrongdoing.
Former Prosecutors Who Know Civil And Criminal Law
Because our legal team includes former prosecutors, we have a unique grasp on the overlap between Pennsylvania criminal and civil law. We can provide the comprehensive guidance you deserve during this difficult time.
Our attorneys respect your privacy and confidentiality, and we will handle your case with the utmost of discretion.
Get In Touch With A Team Of Lawyers Who Care
You’re not alone during this unimaginably trying time. Learn more about how we can help you.
Schedule your free consultation by calling our West Chester office at 610-314-7066. We have an additional office in Pottstown, and we are happy to meet at your home, hospital or another location that’s convenient for you. You can also reach out to us any time, 24/7, through our online contact form.
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