We Represent Victims.
If you are the victim of a crime, you have rights at every stage of the criminal justice process. At the law office of Koffsky & Felsen, LLC, we make sure you know and understand how to exercise those rights and will help you through every stage of the proceedings, whether you are meeting with law enforcement, DCF, prosecutors or family service representatives, or want to address the Court regarding your position.
The partners at Koffsky & Felsen, LLC have over 50 years of combined experience representing victims in the criminal justice system. From domestic violence to stalking, threatening and harassment, attorneys Bruce Koffsky and Audrey Felsen understand the legal process and will ensure that your rights are protected.
Know your rights.
Under Connecticut General Statutes § 1-1k, a victim of a crime is defined as an individual who suffers direct or threatened physical, emotional or financial harm as a result of a crime.
As a victim of any crime, you have certain rights. Such rights include:
- The right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process
- The right to timely disposition of the accused’s case
- The right to be protected from the accused
- The right to notification of and the right to attend court proceedings
- The right to communicate with the prosecutor and object to or support any plea agreement and make a statement to the court prior to the acceptance of a plea
- The right to make a statement to the court at sentencing
- The right to restitution
- The right to information about the defendant’s arrest, conviction, sentence, imprisonment and release
Victims of a crime also have a state constitutional right to receive restitution from the offender for any out of pocket expenses related to the crime.
The Court may find that you are entitled to restitution if:
- you requested restitution and provided the court with documentation to substantiate the loss
- you have suffered injury or damage to property as a result of the offense
Attorneys Bruce Koffsky and Audrey Felsen can assist in obtaining documentation and evidence that substantiates your claim and help you get restitution.
We represent victims in all criminal justice proceedings.
At the law office of Koffsky & Felsen, LLC, we work closely with our clients to ensure you understand available options and that your voice is heard. Attorneys Bruce Koffsky and Audrey Felsen can accompany you to meet with law enforcement, familiarize you with available resources, meet with DCF or any other protection agency, and attend court proceedings with you or on your behalf. Attorneys Bruce Koffsky and Audrey Felsen represent victims in all courthouses in Connecticut and can attend all court proceedings from arraignment through the defendant’s sentencing.
The pre-trial stage of criminal proceedings is a crucial time for the victim of a crime. Attorneys Bruce Koffsky and Audrey Felsen can communicate with the state’s attorney and/or victim’s advocate on your behalf to ensure you remain informed and updated about the case and that your rights are being upheld.
We provide assistance filing for Restraining Orders and Orders of Protection.
If you are being harassed, stalked or threatened by another individual, you can seek a Court Order prohibiting that person from contacting you in any way.
If you are or were in a domestic relationship with the person from whom you are seeking protection, we can help you apply to the Court for a Restraining Order protecting you from that individual. A Restraining Order is a Court Order that can provide relief from physical abuse, stalking, or a pattern of threatening from a family or household member. We can request that the Court enter an Order prohibiting the other party from contacting you or add any other conditions that may be appropriate depending on your circumstances.
To find out more about Restraining Orders, click here.
If you are not or were not in a domestic relationship with the person from whom you are seeking protection, we can help you apply to the Court for a Civil Order of Protection. A Civil Order of Protection is a Court Order that can provide relief from physical abuse, stalking, or a pattern of threating from an individual other than a family or household member. As with a Restraining Order, we can request that the Court enter an Order prohibiting the other party from contacting you or add any other conditions that may be appropriate depending on your circumstances.
To find out more about Civil Orders of Protection, click here.
Attorneys Bruce Koffsky and Audrey Felsen can help you determine how to best protect yourself and can assist you in submitting an application for a Restraining Order or Civil Order of Protection. Attorneys Bruce Koffsky and Audrey Felsen can represent you at your hearing for a Restraining Order or Civil Order of Protection and can help you gather all necessary paperwork and prepare for your hearing.
We represent children.
If your child has been the victim of a crime and DCF gets involved, we can assist and advocate to ensure their interests are protected. We help families navigate the legal process in both family and criminal proceedings when a child is a victim of a crime.
We represent students.
If you are a student at a public or private school and are the victim of a crime, contact us. You have rights as a student to be protected from the perpetrator and to ensure that your education is not compromised in any way. School investigations are different, and handled separate and apart from, criminal investigations and it is important that you know and understand your rights while at school.
If you are the victim of a crime, contact us at Koffsky & Felsen, LLC today.
We have been representing victims for decades and understand how to protect your rights. We are fierce advocates for and work closely with our clients and will guide you through the criminal justice process.
If you are a victim of a crime or have any questions about your rights as a victim, contact us at Koffsky & Felsen, LLC at 203-327-1500. We will discuss your concerns and the best way to ensure you are protected and your voice is heard.