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Statutory Rights of Crime Victims


As a victim of a federal crime, you have the following rights set forth under Title 18, United States Code Section 3771(a):

(1) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused;

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

(3) 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 the proceeding;

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

(5) The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case;

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

(7) The right to proceeding free from unreasonable delay; and

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

(9)The right to be informed in a timely manner of any plea bargain or deferred prosecution agreement.

(10) The right to be informed of the rights under this section and the services described in section 503(c) of the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 10607(c)) and provided contact information for the Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman of the Department of Justice.

It is important to understand that the Government attorneys represent only the United States. As a federal crime victim, you are not a client of the Government, and the interests of the United States may occasionally diverge from your interest. You may seek the advice of your own attorney with respect to any of the rights outlined above.

Informational Brochure

Exercising Your Right to be Heard

Updated July 22, 2016