Crime Victim Rights

The Victim/Witness Coordinator in the County Attorney's Office provides services to crime victims. Crime Victim Rights are set forth in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 611A.

Right to Be Informed
A crime victim has the right to be informed of court proceedings including:
  • The content of any proposed settlement offer
  • Any court schedule changes when subpoenaed or requested to testify
  • The final disposition of a criminal case
  • The prosecuting attorney's decision to decline prosecution of domestic assault or harassment
  • The availability of protection orders
  • Information regarding a defendant's appeal
Right to Be Involved
A crime victim has the right to be involved in court proceedings including:
  • Present a victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing
  • Present objections to any settlement offers or proposed sentence
  • Have input into pretrial diversion decisions in certain designated offenses
  • Request reparations for medical expenses or harm as the result of a crime
  • Request restitution for financial loss as part of the offender's sentence
  • Request that the prosecuting attorney demand a speedy trial
  • Request that the convicted violent crime offender submit to HIV testing in certain designated offenses
  • Present a statement to the court if the defendant is requesting an expungement of the court records
Right to Be Protected From Harm
A crime victim has the right to be protected from harm including:
  • Protection from threats or coercion from any person regarding their testimony
  • A separate waiting area during court proceedings
  • Protection from employer retaliation when required to testify or be present in court
  • Request law enforcement to withhold access to public information identifying the victim
  • Withhold a home or employment address, telephone number, or date of birth in court proceedings unless court ordered
  • Request notification of the offender's release or transfer while "in custody"
  • Request notification of the offender's petition for expungement