Victims Services - Rights


What rights does a victim have?


THE RIGHT TO BE NOTIFIED OF:

  • Your rights
  • Plea bargain agreements
  • Changes in court schedules, dates, time and place of sentencing
  • Final disposition of criminal case
  • Transfer of offender to less secure Correction facility
  • Release of offender from prison or institution
  • Escape and apprehension of offender from prison or institution
  • Pardon Board hearing regarding granting release of offender

 

THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN PROSECUTION:

  • To inform court of impact of crime at pre-trial and sentencing
  • To have input in pre-trial diversion program
  • To object to plea bargain
  • To request speedy trial
  • To bring supportive person to pre-trial hearing
  • To attend sentencing
  • To give a written objection to sentence
  • To be present and submit an oral or written statement at Board or Pardons hearing regarding granting release of offender.

 

THE RIGHT TO PROTECT FROM HARM:

  • Tampering with a witness is against Minnesota Law (felony)
  • Witnesses do not have to give their addresses in court
  • Victims have the right to a secure waiting area during court
  • Employers may not discipline or dismiss victims or witnesses who are called to testify in court

 

THE RIGHT TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

  • Victims may be eligible for financial assistance from the state if they have accrued certain medical, housing, or mental health expenses as a result of their victimization
  • Victims may request of the court to order restitution be paid by the offender