When you are a victim or a witness to a crime, especially a violent crime, your initial reaction is likely to be a violent one. This reaction is normal.
When the person responsible for committing the crime can be identified, the matter is brought into the criminal justice system. This system, composed of law enforcement, our office, the courts, and the correctional and probation systems, is often confusing to those not accustomed to dealing with it on a daily basis.
In all crimes against persons and major property crime cases, our office policy requires an assigned prosecutor to work on a case from the time it comes into our office through the disposition of the case. Although our prosecutors handle more than 100 active cases at all times, they are experienced trial lawyers here to help you understand this complex system. Additionally, our Victim/Witness division is able to provide you with detailed information to help you cope with your new role and the criminal justice system. If you need to discuss your case with us, please e-mail
Nickie Gotschall or Robyn Nichols
and for property crimes with the victim witness assistant Stephanie Ramos
Please state the problem and case number, if available, mark the envelope as "personal" and advise us how to get in touch with you. We will contact you as quickly possible.
You can help our office by remembering our heavy caseload and by recognizing that the backlog in the courts and that other things cause delays. Though it is often difficult and frustrating, please try to wait for the prosecutor to contact you unless you have new information or specific concerns. Otherwise, you may take valuable time from yours or other cases by calling.
The criminal justice system of Texas, like those of other states, is structured to provide constitutional safeguards for those accused of a crime, while it has little built-in protection for the rights of victims of criminal behavior.
Our first priority is the prosecution and conviction of those who caused you physical and emotional anguish. We want them caught and punished under the law as much as you do! This publication has been prepared by the District Attorneys' Offices to answer the most frequent questions posed by victims and witnesses. If you have any additional questions, please contact our Office.
51st District Attorney
John H. Best
119th District Attorney
Tom Green County Courthouse
112 W. Beauregard
San Angelo, TX 76903
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