Victim's Rights

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Always remember:


Rights of a Crime Victim

  • To be informed, present and heard when relevant at all crucial stages of criminal or juvenile proceedings.
  • Right to not be excluded from a case related court event based upon witness status alone.
  • Incarcerated victims have the right to be informed and submit written statements at all crucial stages of criminal, juvenile or parole proceedings.
  • Notification of the accused arrest release, escape and/or approval for community control and work release.
  • Notification of scheduling changes and advanced notice of all court proceedings if time permits.
  • Opportunity to have a victim services advocate present during depositions and a right to be excused from depositions held at any correctional facility.
  • Consultation with the Assistant State Attorney regarding disposition of cases involving certain crimes as well as prompt and timely disposition of the case as long as it does not interfere with the Constitutional Rights of the accused.
  • Opportunity to submit an oral or written impact statement at the time of sentencing.
  • Prompt notification of the results of court proceedings
  • Prompt return of property and assistance in obtaining return of recovered property unless there is a compelling law enforcement need to retain the property.
  • Information on steps concerning protection from intimidation, it is a third-degree felony to threaten and intimidate victims and witnesses
  • Upon request, notification to employer and explanation to creditors of serious financial strain resulting from victimization
  • Opportunity to review the investigation report on adult and youthful offenders, prior to the sentencing of the accused.
  • Victims of a sexual offense may request the courtroom be cleared in certain instances during the victim’s testimony
  • Opportunity to request HIV testing of the accused in sex offenses.
  • Minor victims and/or their siblings who attend school with the accused may request at sentencing/disposition that defendant(s) be required to change schools
  • In certain instances, the right to request exemption from disclosure of victim information not otherwise held as confidential under the Public Records law.