Victims' Rights

Victims' Rights Statement

If you are the victim of a crime with a case pending before this court, you are advised that you have the right to justice and due process under Arizona law that, among others, include the right to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity, to a speedy trial and a prompt and final conclusion of the case, to be present at court proceedings, to choose whether or not to be interviewed by the defendant or the defendant's attorney, to be heard before the court makes a decision on release, negotiation of a plea, scheduling and sentencing and to receive restitution from a person who is convicted of causing your loss. If you have not already been provided with a written statement of all victims' rights, please contact the victim services division of the prosecutor's office.

Declaracion Sobre Derechos de Victimas

Si Usted es la parte ofendida en una causa en lo penal pendiente ante este tribunal, por la presente se le informa que Usted goza de determinados derechos de acuerdo a las leyes de Arizona, que incluyen, entre otros; el derecho al trato justo, respetuoso y con dignidad, el derecho a un proceso sin dilación, el derecho de asistir a las actuaciones ventiladas ante el tribunal con respect al caso en cuestión, el derecho de decider si permite que el inculpado o su abogado defensor lo entreviste a Usted, el derecho de expresar su opinion ante la sala cuando el juez decida las cuestiones de la excarcelación del inculpado, la negociación de un convenio resolutorio, la programación de las diligencias judiciales y la imposición de la pena al inculpado y el derecho a la reparación por parte del responsible de los daños y perjuicios sufridos por Ud. Y ocasionados por el delito, por favor comuníquese con la sección de servicios para ofendidos de la fiscalía.

Victims' Bill of Rights                              Declaracion de Derechos de las Victimas

To preserve and protect victims' rights to justice and due process, a victim of crime has a right:

  • To be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity, and to be free from 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 where 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 prosecution, after the crime against the victim has been charged, before trial or before any disposition of the case and to be informed of the disposition.
  • To read pre-sentence reports relating to the crime against the victim when they are available to the defendant.
  • To receive prompt restitution from 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 or disposition and prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction and sentence.
  • To have all rules governing criminal procedure and the admissibility of evidence in all criminal proceedings protect victims' rights and to have these rules be subject to amendment or repeal by the legislature to ensure the protection of these rights.
  • To be informed of victims' constitutional rights.

A victim's exercise of any right granted by this section shall not be grounds for dismissing any criminal proceeding or setting aside any conviction or sentence.

 "Victim" means a person against whom the criminal offense has been committed or, if the person is killed or incapacitated, the person's spouse, parent, child or other lawful representative, except if the person is in custody for an offense or is the accused.

The legislature, or the people by initiative or referendum, have the authority to enact substantive and procedural laws to define, implement, preserve and protect the rights guaranteed to victims by this section, including the authority to extend any of these rights to juvenile proceedings. 

The enumeration in the constitution of certain rights for victims shall not be construed to deny or disparage others granted by the legislature or retained by victims.  

For more information and assistance please contact the Prosecutors' Office or Yuma County Victim Services.