Victim Witness Services

COVID-19 RESponse

The public is not allowed to enter the Linn County Courthouse, except for obtaining Emergency Orders, such as a Domestic Abuse Protective Order.  No person under 16 years of age will be allowed to enter the courthouse.  

The Linn County Attorney’s Office is still available to answer questions over the phone or through email.   

If you are a victim or a witness to a crime and you have a question about your case:

  • Call 319-892-6350, Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm 
  • Ask to speak with the Victim/Witness Coordinator or Attorney assigned to your case. 
  • To email a Victim/Witness Coordinator directly, click on their name below:

A Message to Victims and Witnesses from Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden

The Linn County Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting the crime that has been committed against you or that you have witnessed. Your cooperation is important to ensure an effective prosecution to prevent further crimes from being committed against the people of Iowa and citizens of Linn County.

We realize this may be a difficult time for you and the Criminal Justice System can be intimidating. We cannot erase the painful memories of a crime, but we hope to ease your journey as the victim or witness through the criminal justice system and the court process.  We will do our best to help you understand your role in the system and to answer your questions.

You will have contact with our Victim Witness Division Staff as well as the attorney handling your case. Our Victim Witness Division Staff can provide many services and referrals and they are available to help you if you have questions.

Victims of a Serious Misdemeanor, an Aggravated Misdemeanor or a Felony level case will:

  • Have a Victim Witness Coordinator assigned to your case
  • Receive a Victim Packet from the Linn County Attorney’s Office, which includes:
    • Victim Registration form
    • Victim Restitution form
    • Victim Impact Statement form
  • Please complete these forms and return within 30 days.
  • If you did not receive this paperwork or have lost it, please contact our office and a second set will be mailed to you.
  • Call the Victim Witness Coordinator assigned to your case:    
    • If you have any questions about the Victim Packet
    • If you need help completing the Victim Packet
    • If your address, phone number, or email address changes
    • If you have any questions about the status of your case

Victims of a Simple Misdemeanor: 

  • If you are the victim of a Simple Misdemeanor level crime you will not receive the Victim Packet.  
  • Questions should be directed to the Simple Misdemeanor Division Attorney at (319) 892-6350.

Reporting a Crime:

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a crime, you must make a report with the local law enforcement agency where the crime occurred.  

Filling Charges:

After an investigation by law enforcement, the law enforcement agency may forward a complaint to the Linn County Attorney’s Office.  After review, the county attorney will decide what charges, if any, are filed.