Victims’ Rights

Most states have amended their constitutions to guarantee certain fundamental rights for crime victims. Typically, these include the following:

  • The right to be notified of all court proceedings related to the offense
  • The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender.
  • The right to have input at sentencing (e.g., in the form of a victim impact statement).
  • The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.
  • The right to an order of restitution from the convicted offender.
  • The right to be notified of these rights.

If you are a victim of a crime, these rights apply to you. You may obtain information about these rights through your local victim/witness assistance program (usually located in the prosecutor’s office), your State Attorney General’s Office or U.S. Attorney’s Office.You Have Rights!

  • You have the right not to remain silent.
  • Anything you say can and will be listened to with dignity, compassion and respect.
  • You have the right to be informed of your rights as a victim of crime.
  • You have the right to be present at criminal justice proceedings.
  • You have the right to receive information about your case.
  • You have the right to protective measures that enhance your safety.
  • You have the right to available crime victim services.

For additional information on California Victims’ Bill of Rights, follow these links to additional resources:

The National Center for Victims of Crime – Full Text
http://www.ncvc.org/ncvc/main.aspx?dbName=DocumentViewer&DocumentID=32706