Basic Qualification Requirements
All terms effective for crimes occurring after September 1, 1995. Crimes before that date may be subject to different terms.
Reporting the Crime:
Filing for Compensation:
Who May Qualify ?
What Crimes Are Covered ?
Only the following motor vehicle related crimes are covered:
Who Is Not Eligible ?
What Expenses Are Eligible ?
Reimbursement for property damage or loss is not an eligible expense.
claims may be awarded compensation for the following only if they are related to
Limits On Awards
Total recovery may not exceed $25,000 unless the victim suffered a total and permanent disability.
Victims who suffer a total and permanent disability as a result of their victimization may qualify for an additional $25,000 which may only be used for costs associated with:
The Crime Victims' Compensation Fund is regarded as "the payer of last resort". It is a secondary source that pays for certain out-of-pocket expenses related to the crime that the victim has no other way to pay. Other sources that have to pay first include:
The staff at Crime Victims' Compensation will work with victims and claimants to make sure all available resources, including the fund, work in the best interests of the victims.
If, as part of a criminal sentence, the court orders the offender to make restitution to the victim for an expense Crime Victims' Compensation has already paid, the victim may be required to reimburse the Fund.
If the victim or claimant recovers money as a settlement in a civil suit against the offender or a third party, the victim or claimant may have to reimburse the Fund for expenses already paid by the Fund.
How To Apply
Every law enforcement agency in Texas is required to provide victims of crime with information about the Crime Victims' Compensation program and an application. Applications are also available from the prosecutor's offices. Their victim assistance coordinators are required to provide assistance to victims who ask for help filling out the form. Hospitals and medical centers may also have the application.
You may also get an application directly from the Crime Victims' Compensation Division of the Office of the Attorney General by calling 1-800-983-9933.
After receiving an application and related documentation including a complete offense report, the Attorney General's Crime Victims' Compensation Division reviews the information to see if the crime, the victim and/or claimant are eligible for the program. This process involves verifying all the information presented in the application. Witnesses to the crime, law enforcement officers and prosecutors involved in investigating and prosecuting the crime, physicians, counselors, hospitals, and employers may be contacted for additional information. A decision about whether the victim or claimant is eligible is usually made within 45 days. A staff member is then assigned to the case and will work with the victim or claimant to review expenses incurred as a result of the crime and determine which ones are eligible for reimbursement or payment.
Your Right To Appeal
If the Crime Victims' Compensation Division makes a decision in which the victim or claimant disagrees, the victim or claimant has a right under the law to ask that the decision be reconsidered. The victim or claimant must notify the Division of the reason for their dissatisfaction and provide the Division with additional information in this RECONSIDERATION process. If the outcome of the reconsideration process is not satisfactory, the victim or claimant may request a final ruling hearing from the compensation division. If the victim or claimant does not agree with the outcome of the final ruling, an appeal may be made to District Court.
For more information on this program, contact the Sheriff's Department Crime Victim Liaison or:
the Attorney General
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