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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.
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No. Nebraska Rev. Statute §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.
No. The Code of Professional Responsibility prohibits the County Attorney, deputy county attorneys, 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.
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.
No. Nebraska Rev. Statute §23-1206.01 prohibits the County Attorney, deputy county attorneys, 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 Nebraska Bar. You may also consult the Yellow Pages under “Attorneys.”
If you received a citation from law enforcement in Lancaster 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.