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Victims' Rights Under Federal Law
How do I know if I am a victim of a federal crime?
Under federal law, a "victim" means an individual who suffers direct or threatened physical, financial, or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime. If the victim is deceased, then that person's spouse, child, parent, guardian or other relative may qualify. If the victim is a minor (under age 18), then the victim's parent or guardian may choose to exercise the child-victim's rights. If the victim is mentally or emotionally unable to participate in the legal process, then his or her parent, guardian or custodian may exercise that right.
Sometimes victims, particularly financial fraud crimes, are unaware they have been victimized until they are notified by our office. If you are unclear about whether or not you are a victim of a crime, please contact the Victim-Witness Program Staff.
Do I have rights under federal law?
Yes, victims have many rights under federal law.
Does the U.S. Attorney's Office offer any services to assist victims?
Yes, there are many services provided by our office to assist you if you are a victim of a crime.