Crime Victims Rights

Under the Crime Victims Rights Act of 1985, you have the right to:
  • Be free from threats or acts of discharge from your employer because you are subpoenaed or requested by the court to testify in court
  • Be present during the entire trial unless you are to be called as a witness
  • Be provided with a waiting area separate from the defendant
  • Consult with the Prosecuting Attorney to give your views about the disposition of this crime
  • Receive the name of a person to contact regarding information about your case

Upon Request

  • Be notified of the time and place of sentencing
  • Confer with the Prosecuting Attorney prior to the selection of the jury and trial
  • Have your written impact statement included in the pre-sentence report
  • Make an oral impact statement at the time of sentencing
  • Receive notice of any scheduled court proceeding
  • Receive written notice of the defendant's conviction

Post-Sentence Rights

Victims are entitled to additional rights following conviction if the defendant is sentenced to prison or jail, or if the defendant appeals their conviction. Further information will be provided at that time.