Know Your Crime Victim Rights

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Victims of crime in the United States are entitled to a certain set of rights called “crime victim rights.” These include the right to privacy and protection from harm, the right to apply for financial assistance, and the right to be informed of and participate in the prosecution process. This article intends to help you become aware of and claim your rights as a victim of crime.

Right to privacy and protection from harm

  • Victims have the right to request that law enforcement withhold public access to data revealing the victim’s identity.
  • Employers and educational institutions may not discipline or dismiss victims or witnesses who have been called to testify in court.
  • Victims have the right to a secure waiting area during court proceedings.
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    Right to apply for financial assistance

  • Victims may be eligible for financial assistance in the form of state reparations to cover losses resulting from violent crime. Advocates at the Sexual Assault Program of NSLC are trained and available to help you complete and file reparations applications.
  • Victims may request that restitution be paid if charges are filed.
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    Right to be informed of and participate in the prosecution process

  • Victims have the right to provide input for a proposed pretrial diversion program.
  • Crime victims have the right to be notified of changes in court schedules.
  • Victims have the right to request a speedy trial.
  • Victims have the right to be notified of and to object to plea bargain agreements.
  • Victims have the right to attend court proceedings and to deliver an impact statement during pretrial and sentencing.
  • Crime victims have the right to give written objection to the court’s sentence.
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