State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C, I - Schenectady) reminds constituents this week, April 26th through May 2nd, is National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
"This is a time to reflect on the people who are injured or killed as a result of violent crime," Senator Farley said. "These survivors, and the families of the victims, are often left with physical or emotional scars that can last a lifetime."
Senator Farley said the New York State Senate has been a leader in developing legislation that addresses the concerns and needs of this State's crime victims. The Senate helped develop crime victim fair treatment standards for State and local agencies involved with the criminal justice system.
"We also have a 'Son of Sam' law that gives crime victims the right to seek compensation from criminals who have committed certain specified crimes. The law allows these victims to file civil lawsuits against criminals for crime related damages within three years of the actual discovery of any profits of the crime or funds of a convicted person. The victim can sue against all assets of the criminal," Senator Farley said.
For more information on the "Son of Sam" law and victims seeking compensation, contact the State Crime Victims Board at (800) 247-8035.