How To Get Crime Victims Compensation in Louisiana

Compensation for Victims of Crime How To Get Crime Victims Compensation in Louisiana

Apply for Crime Victims Compensation in Louisiana in Four Simple Steps

Physical and mental trauma and numerous crime-related costs are inevitable repercussions of violent crimes. Most victims struggle to bear all of the expenses, which can cause even more stress and make the already traumatizing circumstances worse. All states in the U.S. established funds for violent crime victims to help resolve this issue—Louisiana is no exception. 

If you’d like to apply for crime victims compensation in Louisiana as quickly as possible, you should sign up for DoNotPay. We will help you fill out your victims compensation application in under two minutes!

Key Points of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Program

The State of Louisiana founded the Crime Victims Reparations Fund in 1982 to assist violent crime victims in bearing their crime-related costs. The Crime Victims Reparation Board administers the Fund and provides financial assistance through the Crime Victims Reparation Program (CVRP). 

The Board grants up to $10,000 per claim, while the highest compensable amount for permanently disabled victims is $25,000. The program gets funding from three main sources:

  1. Federal awards, including the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant
  2. Offender restitutions:
    1. $50 per felony 
    2. $7.50 per misdemeanor
  3. Donations

The CVRP covers the costs of any crime that involves the use of force and results in death, physical and emotional trauma, or catastrophic property loss. Some of those crimes are:

You are eligible to apply for the program only if you’ve exhausted all your other sources, including:

If you receive restitution from the offender for expenses that the CVRP already covered, you need to reimburse the Crime Victims Reparations Fund.

Which Expenses Are Covered by Victims Compensation in Louisiana?

The Crime Victims Reparations Program in Louisiana covers most expenses that are a direct result of the crime. To find out which costs are covered and which ones aren’t, consult the following table:

Covered Expenses Not Covered Expenses
  • Medical and dental exams, prescriptions, and treatments
  • Mental health counseling
  • Funeral costs
  • Loss of wages if a victim had to miss work because of the injuries
  • Loss of support for dependents of the violent crime victims
  • Child care
  • Replacement costs for items:
    • Kept as evidence
    • Made unusable due to the investigation
  • Lost, stolen, and damaged property, except in cases of catastrophic property loss (if the victim owns the property)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Attorney fees  

Are You Eligible To Apply for Crime Victims Compensation in Louisiana?

You need to meet certain requirements to qualify for the CVRP, whether you’re the victim or another claimant. To be eligible for Louisiana crime victims compensation, you must:

  • Be a victim of a crime that took place in Louisiana
  • Report the crime to proper law enforcement authorities in the first 72 hours from the incident
  • Cooperate with law enforcement during the investigation
  • File your CVRP application within one year of the crime

The Board won’t grant you crime victims compensation if you:

  • Engaged in behavior that contributed to the crime
  • Participated in criminal activity at the time of the crime
  • Were an accomplice of the offender
  • Were incarcerated at the time of the crime
  • Got injured in a car accident (except in the above-listed cases) 

File Your CVRP Application Quickly With DoNotPay

Finding the correct application form on the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice website can be challenging. Since the website isn’t easy to navigate, you will probably waste too much time trying to file your CVRP application. 

Crime victims compensation programs in many other states have equally confusing application procedures. DoNotPay has created a product that enables victims of any violent crime—including sexual abuse and the 9/11 terrorist attack—to apply for victims compensation in a snap. 

If you’d like to file your Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Program application as quickly as possible, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to DoNotPay
  2. Open our Compensation for Crime Victims feature
  3. Let us know if you’re the victim or a family member of the victim
  4. Respond to our questions and verify your signature

As soon as you complete these steps, we will fill out the proper application form and send it to the Crime Victims Reparations Board in Louisiana. 

With us, you can apply for crime victims compensation programs in all states, including:

Can You Appeal the Crime Victims Reparations Board’s Decision?

Once the Crime Victims Reparations Board receives your application, they will review it and determine if you’re eligible for compensation. If you don’t agree with the Board’s decision, you have the right to request reconsideration. In case the Board rejects your application again, you can file an appeal with the district court.

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