Victim Rights

Right to be notified of:


  • Crime victim rights 
  • Prosecution process and the right to participate in it 
  • Contents of any plea agreement 
  • Changes in court proceeding schedule when a victim has been         subpoenaed or requested to testify 
  • Final disposition of the case 
  • Appeals filed by the defendant, the right to attend the oral argument or hearing, and the right to be notified of the final disposition 
  • Proposed sentence modifications for the offender, including the date, time, and location of the review and the right to provide input 
  • Release or escape of the offender from prison, custodial institution or transfer to a lower security facility;
  • Offender’s petition for expungement 
  • Right to request restitution 
  • Right to apply for reparations 
  • Information on the nearest crime victim assistance program or resource 
  • Petition to civilly commit an offender, outcome of that petition, and notice of offender’s possible discharge/release from civil commitment 

Right to Protection from Harm


  • Right to a secure waiting area during court proceedings 
  • Right to request that home and employment address, telephone     number, and birth date be withheld in open court 
  • Right to request that law enforcement agency withhold identity from the public 
  • Protection against employer retaliation for victims and witnesses called to testify and for victims of violent crimes and their family members who take reasonable time off to attend court proceedings 
  • Tampering with a witness is a crime and should be reported 

Right to Participate in Prosecution


  • Right to request a speedy trial 
  • Right to provide input in a pretrial diversion decision 
  • Right to object orally or in writing to a plea agreement at the plea     presentation hearing 
  • Right to object orally or in writing to a proposed disposition or sentence 
  • Right to inform court of impact of crime orally or in writing at the     sentencing hearing 
  • Right to inform court at the sentencing hearing of social and economic impact of crime on persons and businesses in the community 
  • Right to be present at the sentencing and plea presentation hearings 
  • Right to submit statement regarding decision to discharge/release   offender from civil commitment 

Right to Apply for Financial Assistance


  • Victims of violent crime may apply for reparations from the state if they have suffered economic loss as a result of the crime 
  • Victims may request the court to order the defendant to pay restitution if the defendant is found guilty or pleads guilty 
  • Victims may request that a probation violation hearing be scheduled 60 days prior to the expiration of probation if restitution has not been paid      

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Harassment Victims

  • Right to be informed of prosecutor’s decision to decline prosecution or dismiss case along with information about seeking a protective or harassment order at no fee 
  • Protection against employer retaliation for victims to take reasonable time off to attend court proceedings 
  • Domestic abuse victims have ability to terminate lease without penalty or payment 
  • Sexual assault victims have ability to terminate lease without penalty or payment 
  • Sexual assault victims can make confidential request for HIV testing of offender 
  • Sexual assault victims do not have to pay the cost of a sexual assault examination 
  • Sexual assault victims may not be required to undergo a polygraph   examination in order for an investigation or prosecution to proceed

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