On July 8th 2018 around 1am I was attacked with a weapon outside of my vehicle, resulting in 10-12 stitches as well as multiple contusions and bruises. I was left bleeding in the street after he fled the scene while intoxicated with his friends. My glasses were stripped from me by his friend before he attacked. The DA is currently handling the case, but it has been “continued” for over a year now. Since the assault, I have secluded myself, and my life has essentially fallen apart. I have been diagnosed with mental illnesses that had been ruled out before by psychiatrists. I let my support network fall apart. I have been unable to trust strangers, and essentially isolated myself after the incident unless heavy drinking was involved to dull my anxiety. This has resulted in me being unable to find employment until recently after receiving the right therapy. I am now in debt, and am struggling to right myself even with my support network. Every time I go to the courthouse I do not feel safe, but it keeps being continued despite what I say to the DA. Is there any way to turn this horrible situation around? This man has caused so much havoc, and all I want is a fresh start.
See if your district attorney office has a victim's advocate. Speak with the advocate about your concerns.
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Unfortunately, as a victim of a crime, your rights are limited. You have a right to be informed about the case, but no right to direct it. The DA can continue, or drop, the case without your approval. In terms of compensation, you have a right to bring a civil case against them for various torts, including battery, and to recover damages based on your physical and mental damages. However, it's best to wait until the criminal trial resolves first, as a guilty plea or finding would make a civil case easier. You have 3 years to bring a civil trial from the date of the accident, so you would need to file by next July. It may make sense to speak with an attorney now.
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