As a crime victim, you have the following rights under 18 United States Code § 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;
- 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 can seek the advice of an attorney with respect to these rights. This Office cannot act as your attorney or provide you with legal advice.
If you feel that there has been a violation of these rights, you may file an administrative complaint, as provided under 28 CFR § 45.10.
For more information about these rights, please contact the Victim Witness Program at 1-888-431-1918, 404-581-6102, 404-581-6041.