Victim/Witness provides information, support and advocacy to victims and witnesses of crime.
- crime victims
- family members of adult and juvenile offenders
Every victim is entitled to
Victim Impact Statement [PDF]
- Right to submit Victim Impact Statement to the court.
- Describe the harm this offense has had on you and what you think an appropriate disposition in this case might be.
- To be informed of your rights and how to exercise those rights.
Victims of all crimes have the right:
- To be informed of your rights and how to exercise them.
- To contact information to find out if the offender is in custody.
- To notice of a decision not to prosecute if an arrest has been made.
- To speak (confer) with the prosecutor about the possible outcome of the case, potential plea agreements and sentencing options, upon request.
- To attend court proceedings.
- To notice of the time, date and place of upcoming court proceedings, upon request.
- To a waiting area separate from defense witnesses.
- To a speedy disposition of the criminal case.
- To have the court consider your interest before deciding to grant a request for a delay (continuance).
- To notice if charges are dismissed.
- To request help with talking to an employer about court appearances and meetings with the prosecutor (in an attempt to avoid work problems).
- To be contacted about the right to make a statement at the disposition or sentencing (victim impact statement).
- To provide to the court at the time of sentencing, a written and/or oral victim impact statement concerning the economic, physical and psychological effects of the crime.
- To have the impact of the crime on you included in a pre-sentence investigation.
- To sentencing or dispositional information, upon request.
- To restitution.
- To a civil judgment for unpaid restitution.
- To apply for crime victim compensation.
- To have property returned when it is no longer needed as evidence.
- To be notified if a prisoner is released or escapes, upon request.
- To contact the Department of Justice to complain about any concerns you may have about your treatment as a crime victim.
- To request an order for an offender to submit to a test for sexually transmitted diseases or HIV test. The right to request this is limited to offenses where the law allows.
- To receive a complete list of rights or for information or explanation about these rights or any other rights, please contact the Victim/Witness Program or District Attorney.
Witnesses Have the Right:
- To request information from the district attorney about the final outcome of the case.
- To notice that a court proceeding to which a witness has been subpoenaed will not go on as scheduled, in order to save an unnecessary trip to court.
- To receive protection from harm and threats of harm arising from witness cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution efforts, and information as to the level of protection available.
- To information about financial assistance and other social services available as a result of being a witness of a crime, including how to apply for the assistance and services.
- To information on the procedure to be followed in order to apply for and receive any witness fee to which a witness is entitled.
- To be provided a waiting area.