Crime Victim Rights

By law, victims of crime have rights. A crime victim advocate can help you exercise your rights as you choose.

  1. Right to be Notified  
  2. Right to Apply for Financial Assistance
  3. Right to Protection from Harm
  4. Right to Participate in Prosecution 
  5. Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Harassment Victims


Right to be Notified of  

  • Your rights

  • Prosecution process and the right to participate in it

  • Contents of any plea agreement

  • Changes in court schedule

  • 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 or jail 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 the offender’s possible discharge/release from civil commitment


Right to Apply for Financial Assistance

  Victims of violent crime may:

  • Apply for financial assistance (reparations) from the state if they have suffered economic loss as a result of the crime

  • Request the court to order the defendant to pay restitution if the defendant is found guilty or pleads guilty

  • Request that a probation violation hearing be scheduled 60 days prior to the expiration of probation if restitution has not been paid


Right to Protection from Harm

  Victims of crime have the right to:

  • A secure waiting area during court proceedings

  • Request that home and employment address, telephone number, and birth date be withheld in open court

  • Request that law enforcement agency withhold their 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 

  Victims of crime have the right to:

  • Request a speedy trial

  • Provide input in a pretrial diversion decision

  • Object orally or in writing to a plea agreement at the plea presentation hearing

  • Object orally or in writing to a proposed disposition or sentence

  • Inform the court of the impact of crime orally or in writing at the sentencing hearing

  • Inform the court at the sentencing hearing of social and economic impact of crime on persons and businesses in the community

  • Be present at the sentencing and plea presentation hearings

  • Submit a statement regarding the decision to discharge/release the offender from civil commitment


Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Harassment Victims

  These victims of crime have a right to:

  • Be informed of prosecutor’s decision to decline prosecution or dismiss the 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 order for protection or harassment restraining order proceedings

  • Domestic abuse victims have the ability to terminate a lease without penalty

  • Sexual assault victims can make a confidential request for HIV testing of a convicted 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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