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Victim Witness Assistance

Every U.S. Attorney's Office has a Victim-Witness Assistance Program to assist victims of federal crimes. The Program seeks to provide information on rights and services to victims and witnesses of federal crimes, and to encourage the participation of victims in the criminal justice system in accordance with federal law.

VICTIMS' RIGHTS

As a Victim, you have the following rights under Title 18, U.S.C. §3771:

    The right to be reasonably protected from the accused;

    The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused;

    The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding;

    The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding;

    The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case;

    The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law;

    The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay; and

    The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim's dignity and privacy.

We will make our best efforts to ensure you are accorded the rights described. You may also seek the advice of a private attorney concerning these rights and your assertion of these rights in federal district court. Be advised that the law does not require providing information that may endanger the safety of any person.

For more information, please see the Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime website at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/welcome.html

If you have questions or need more informaton, please contact:

Victim/Witness Specialists
210 Park Avenue, Suite 400
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102
405-553-8898 Telephone
405-553-8880 Fax
1-800-447-3683 Toll Free

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