You Have Rights as a Victim of a Crime!
“VICTIM” means a person against whom a criminal offense has been committed, including a minor, or if the person is killed or incapacitated, the person’s spouse, parent, child, grandparent, or any other lawful representative of the person, except if the person or person’s spouse, parent child, grandparent, sibling, other person related to the person by consanguinity or affinity to the second degree or other lawful representative is in custody for an offense or is the accused.
Asserting Your Rights:
- The victim must request notification of hearings and information about a case’s outcome. A written request must be filed with any agency you wish to notify you, and must include a current address and phone number, the defendant’s name, and any other identifying information from the Law Enforcement issued Victim Rights form.
- The Law enforcement Agency you received this Victim Rights form from, will provide you the court and prosecutor’s office that has jurisdiction (there will be no hearings until a suspect is found, and an arrest is made, or a charge has been filed).
- When a suspect is arrested, an initial appearance will occur within twenty-four hours. The Victim Rights form should list the date, time and location of the initial appearance, or a phone number to call for information.
- You have the right to tell the court what your wishes are regarding the defendant’s release from custody, including whether he/she should be ordered not to make contact with you, or return to a shared residence, and any other reasonable conditions you feel necessary to ensure your safety.
Arizona Constitution and Victim Bill of Rights:
Victims of crime in the State of Arizona have a number of rights guaranteed to them by the State Constitution, including a right:
- To be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, to be free of intimidation, harassment or abuse throughout the criminal justice process.
- To be informed, upon request, when the accused or convicted person is released from custody or has escaped.
- To be present at, and upon request, to be informed of all criminal proceedings when the defendant has the right to be present.
- To be heard at any proceeding involving a post-arrest release decision, a negotiated plea and sentencing.
- To refuse an interview, deposition or other discovery request by the defendant, the defendant’s attorney or other person acting on behalf of the defendant.
- To confer with the prosecutor after charges have been filed, before trial or before any disposition of the case, and to be informed of the disposition.
- To receive prompt restitution form the person or persons convicted of the criminal conduct that caused the victim’s loss or injury.
- To be heard at any proceeding when any post-conviction release from confinement is being considered.
- To a speedy trial, disposition, and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction and sentence.
- To be informed of victims’ constitutional rights.
Follow this link to the Arizona State Legislature website to view Victims’ Rights laws:
Follow this link to the Arizona State Legislature website to view all Victims’ Rights laws:
Homeland Security Investigations Victim Notification Program:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HIS administers a Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien’s release from custody. However, victims and witnesses are required to register in order to receive notification of a criminal alien’s release.
Click below to access the HIS Victim Notification Program: