When innocent people become witnesses to or victims of crime, they often suffer physical, emotional or financial trauma as a result. The Victim-Witness Services Unit was established within the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office to help ease this trauma and to make the experience as a State's witness as positive and painless as possible.
We recognize that most people are unfamiliar with court procedures and have misconceptions about trials and testifying. To help alleviate these concerns and to answer questions, our office assigns crime victims a Victim-Witness Specialist to work with in addition to an Assistant State's Attorney. Our staff is trained to understand a victim's difficulties and guide them through the system, regardless if they are the victim of a property crime or that of a more sensitive nature.
The Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office boasts one of the most acclaimed advocacy programs in Maryland. Our office has three Victim-Witness Specialists in the District Court in Glen Burnie and three in District Court in Annapolis. These professionals specialize in domestic violence cases more commonly seen in a District Court setting. There are ten Specialists in the main office at Circuit Court. These specialists are assigned to various trial teams including, Sex Offense, Violent Crime, Property, Drugs and Juvenile.
Please click here to view the Code of Professional Ethics for Victim-Witness Specialists in the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office.
If You Are A Victim Or Witness:
- Let your Victim-Witness Specialist know if there are any unusual problems that make it difficult for you to appear in court.
- Cooperate with police, prosecutors and your Victim-Witness Specialist. They will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome and address any concerns you may have.
- If you are a victim and/or witness and need to come to court, please follow these instructions.
For more information and support, please contact Director of Victim Services Heather Amador at 410-222-1740 ext. 3811.