Notice of Victims Rights
A victim has the right to be treated with fairness, dignity,
and respect throughout the criminal justice process.
A victim has the right to be informed, upon request, when
a person who is accused of committing or convicted of committed
of committing a crime perpetrated directly against the victim,
is released from custody, or has escaped. This includes release
or escape from mental health facilities.
A victim has the right to have the victims safety considered
in determining release from custody of a person accused of
committing a crime against the person.
A victim has the right to information, upon request, about
the disposition of the criminal case involving the victim
or conviction, sentence, and release of a person accused
of committing a crime against the victim.
A victim has the right to be heard at any proceeding involving
sentence or post-conviction release decision. A victim's
right to be heard may be exercised at the victim's discretion,
through an oral or written statement, or submission of a
statement through audio or videotape.
A victim has the right to make a written or oral statement
for use in preparation of the pre-sentence report. The victim
also has the right to read pre-sentence reports relating
to the crime committed against the victim in order that the
victim can respond to the pre-sentence report.
A victim has the right to confer with a representative of
the Prosecuting Attorney's office after a crime allegedly
committed against the victim has been charged; before the
trial of a crime allegedly committed against a victim, and
before any disposition of a criminal case involving the victim.
This right applies in any of the following situations:
- The alleged felony was directly committed against the
- The alleged felony or misdemeanor was an offense against
the person, which includes the crimes of Battery, Domestic
Battery, Aggravated Battery, Battery by body waste, Criminal
recklessness, Intimidation, Harassment, Invasion of Privacy,
or Pointing a firearm, and the alleged felony or misdemeanor
was committed against the victim by a person who is or
was a spouse of the victim, is or was living as if a spouse
of the victim, or has a child in common with the victim.
- For other misdemeanors, a victim must file a request
for notice, which includes a current telephone number and
A victim has the right to pursue an order of restitution
and other civil remedies against the person convicted of
a crime against the victim.
A victim has the right to be informed of the victim's constitutional
and statutory rights.
A victim does not have the right to direct a prosecution.
Domestic Violence Resources:
Protective Order Information
Notice of Victims Rights
Domestic Violence Links