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D.C. Crime Victimes Rights

The D.C. Crime Victims Rights laws is located at 23-1901 and provides:

A crime victim has the right to:

  • Be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim's dignity and privacy
  • Be reasonably protected from the accused offender.
  • Be notified of court proceedings.
  • Be present at all court proceedings related to the offense, including the sentencing, and release or parole hearings, unless the court determines that the testimony by the victim would be materially affected if the victim heard other testimony or where the needs of justice otherwise require.
  • Confer with an attorney for the prosecution in the case which does not include the authority to direct the prosecution of the case.
  • An order of restitution from the person convicted of the criminal conduct that caused the victim's loss or injury.
  • Receive information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, detention and release of the offender.
  • Receive notice of the rights provided by the D.C. crime Victims' Rights law and the laws of the District of Columbia.
  • Submit a written victim impact statement.
  • Offer a written statement at the defendant's release or parole hearing.
  • Make a statement at the defendant's sentencing.
  • Be notified of any available victim advocate or other appropriate person to develop a safety plan and appropriate services.
Updated February 24, 2015