THE CROSSROADS OF THE MIDWEST
York County Attorney
510 N. Lincoln Ave
York, NE 68467
Q: I am a victim or witness of a crime, or believe that I may have information regarding criminal activity. Can I discuss the details with someone from your office?
A: Any suspected or known criminal activity needs to be reported to law enforcement. If the activities are occurring within York city limits, you may contact the York Police Department at (402) 363-2640, or within Henderson city limits, you may contact the Henderson Police Department at (402) 723-4811, or for criminal activities occurring outside of city limits please contact the York County Sheriff's Office at (402) 362-4927. The York County Attorney's office will only consider filing charges after an investigation has been completed by the appropriate law enforcement agency and it is referred to our office for consideration. If you become aware that charges have been filed and you believe you have information relevant to the case, please contact the law enforcement agency responsible for the area in which the crime is believed to have occurred.
Q: I am a victim of a crime that your office is prosecuting and law enforcement has taken my property for evidentiary purposes. How and when do I get my property returned to me?
A: If law enforcement successfully recovered your property as part of a criminal investigation, the property is likely being held as evidence by the law enforcement agency that recovered it. Such property is usually held by law enforcement until it is no longer required as evidence. This can be several weeks to several months depending on the nature of the crime and the time it takes to bring the criminal case to a conclusion. Once the property is no longer required as evidence, it can be released to its owner. Sometimes property can be released to its owner while a criminal case is pending, but these are rare circumstances and the County Attorney must approve of such a release. If the property is a vehicle, see the FAQ regarding Impoundment.
Q: I am a victim of a crime that your office is prosecuting and I have suffered a monetary loss because of the crime committed. How do I get restitution?
A: If you suffered a monetary loss, either from a property crime or a crime involving bodily injury, our office can ask a defendant to pay that loss back in the form of restitution. We will need proof of the exact amount of the loss. However, even if our office requests restitution, the court must make a determination that the defendant has the ability to pay the amount requested. In the alternative, a person who suffers a loss may contact a private attorney to discuss what other options are available to collect the loss.
Q: I'm a victim of a crime and had some of my property seized by the police during their investigation. How do I get my property back?
A: It may be necessary to hold your property as potential evidence to be offered at trial. Once the proceedings have concluded, the property may be released to you. When the case has been resolved, contact the County Attorney or the Law Enforcement Agency holding your property. Arrangements can then be made to release your property to you.
Q: Can the criminal division provide legal advice to members of the general public?
A: No. Neb. Rev. Stat. §23-1206.01 prohibits the County Attorney's office from providing legal advice in private legal matters. Members of the general public must contact a private attorney regarding questions involving such legal matters. For specific questions regarding individual county agencies, you may contact the agency directly by telephone or by accessing the agency's website at www.yorkcounty.ne.gov.
Q: Can the County Attorney or his deputies refer me to a private attorney?
A: No. Neb. Rev. Stat. §23-1206.01 prohibits the County Attorney, deputy county attorney, or any employees of the County Attorney's Office from referring any legal matter to a particular lawyer. You may contact the Nebraska State Bar Association with questions about hiring an attorney to handle a particular legal matter either by telephone or by accessing its website at www.nebar.com. You may also consult the Yellow Pages under "Attorneys".
Q: Can I speak directly with the prosecutor about my case if I am represented by an attorney?
A: No. The Code of Professional Responsibility prohibits the County Attorney, deputy county attorney, or any employees of the County Attorney's Office from discussing a pending legal matter directly with a person who is represented by an attorney.
Q: What is a "criminal history" and how can I get a copy of mine or run a background check?
A: If you received a citation from law enforcement in York County, the issuing law enforcement agency should have a record of it. Law enforcement refers citations to either the City Attorney or County Attorney for review. The City Attorney or County Attorney either files or does not file a charge based on the citation. Charges get filed in the County Court or District Court. The County Court Clerk and the District Court Clerk maintain a record of all filings. A person may contact either a local law enforcement agency, or the Clerk of the court in which charges are filed, to obtain a copy of a criminal history or run a background check. Law enforcement charges a fee to run a person's criminal history or conduct a background check.
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