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