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Your Rights as a Victim of Crime

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  • To be treated with fairness, respect, dignity;
  • To be informed and present for all critical stages of the criminal justice process;
  • To request, upon turning 18 years of age, to be the point of contact for victim notification;
  • To request that the court, within its resources, arrange and provide for the victim and the victim’s designee to provide input beyond a victim impact statement in the event that the victim or his or her designee is unable to attend a critical stage of the criminal justice process;
  • To be free from intimidation, harassment, or abuse and to be informed about what steps can be taken if there is any intimidation or harassment by a person accused or convicted of the crime or anyone acting on the person’s behalf;
  • To be present and heard regarding bond reduction or modification, acceptance of a plea agreement, sentencing, or modification of a sentence;
  • To consult with the DA prior to any disposition of the case or before the case goes to trial and to be informed of the final disposition of the case;
  • To be informed of the status of the case and any scheduling changes or cancellations, if known in advance;
  • To prepare a Victim Impact Statement and to be present and/or heard at the sentencing hearing;
  • To have the court determine restitution and to be informed of the right to pursue a civil judgment against the person convicted of the crime;
  • To prevent any party at any court proceeding from compelling testimony regarding a victim’s address, telephone number, place of employment or other locating information and to use reasonable efforts to request social security number be redacted;
  • To a receive a prompt return of property when it is no longer needed as evidence;
  • To be informed of the availability of financial assistance/community services;
  • To be provided with appropriate employer intercession services regarding court appearances and meetings with criminal justice officials;
  • To be assured that in any criminal proceeding the court, the prosecutor, and other law enforcement officials will take appropriate action to achieve a swift and fair resolution of the proceedings;
  • Whenever practicable, to have a safe, secure waiting area during court proceedings;
  • To know if a subpoena is requested for a victim’s records and to be heard before the ruling is made on the subpoena;
  • To be informed of the results of any court-ordered HIV testing;
  • To be notified of a decision to conduct post-conviction DNA testing for the purposes of establishing the innocence of the offender;
  • To be informed of the availability of restorative justice practices;
  • To be informed of any rights which the victim has pursuant to the Constitution of the U.S. or the State of Colorado; and
  • To be informed of the process for enforcing compliance with the VRA.

Victims of crime must request notification, in writing, for post-sentencing critical stages.  Learn more at Victim Assistance After Sentencing.