Victims and witness’s look to the criminal justice system for appropriate action and justice. As a result of aggressive advocacy, crime victims have gained many rights. The document below will help you to learn about those rights, answer common questions, provide useful resources and inform you of possible compensation.
Your Rights As a Victim
- You have the right to be treated fairly – with dignity and privacy
- You have the right to timely disposition of the case following the arrest of the accused.
- You have the right to be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice process.
- You have the right to notification of court proceedings.
- You have the right to attend all court hearings that the accused has the right to attend.
- You have the right to confer with the Prosecuting Attorney and their staff regarding the status of this case.
- You have the right to information about the conviction, sentence, imprisonment, appeal, and release of the accused.
The Michigan Crime Victim Compensation Act was begun to give financial help to crime victims who are hurt or lose earnings or support because of the crime. Victim Assistance will be able to help with any questions you might have. Applications may be received from this office or by visiting the websites listed below.