The people at the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office are passionate about protecting the rights of all people, including the victims who are hurt when someone commits a crime. Becoming a victim of any crime can be devastating. Anyone who is a victim of a crime in Missouri should understand their rights.
As a victim in a criminal case, you have certain rights under Article I, Section 32 of the Missouri Constitution and Section 595.209 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.
What Are My Rights As a Victim?
As a victim of crime, you have the right:
- To receive information about the crime and decision regarding the filing of charges.
- To be informed about Missouri Crime Victim Compensation, receive claim forms and apply for compensation, be informed about financial, emergency and crisis intervention services in the community.
- To be present and heard at all criminal justice proceedings at which the defendant has such a right.
- To be informed in a timely manner of court dates, continuances and final outcomes of all court hearings.
- To be provided with a secure waiting area during court appearances.
- To be provided with reasonable protection from harm and/or threats.
- To participate in criminal justice proceedings without being discharged or disciplined by an employer.
- To be informed of procedures to apply for and receive any witness fees.
- To have property returned, once their is a final outcome in a case, and to have a reasonable explanation if it cannot be returned.
- To appear at sentencing and make an oral and/or written statement.
- To be notified if the defendant escapes, is released or dies.
- To be informed about restitution and to ask the defendant to pay restitution.