Victim Rights

The Colorado Victim Rights Act became effective in January of 1993. The following is a summary of the rights guaranteed by the Victim Rights Act:

  • To be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity
  • To be free from intimidation, harassment, or abuse
  • To be informed of all “critical stages” of the criminal justice process
  • To be present at specified critical stages in the criminal justice process
  • To be informed of the existence of the criminal protection order and upon request of the victim, the procedure for modifying the protection order if a procedure exists;
  • To receive a free copy of the initial incident report from the investigating law enforcement agency; release of a document associated with the investigation is at the discretion of the law enforcement agency based on the status of the case or security and safety concerns
  • To have the victim’s social security number redacted or excluded from criminal justice documents when records are released to someone other than the victim, a criminal justice agency, or the defendant’s attorney of record
  • To consult with the district attorney prior to any disposition of the case or before the case goes to trial and to be informed of the final disposition of the case
  • To be informed of the status of the case and any scheduling changes or cancellations, if known in advance
  • To receive and prepare a victim impact statement and to be present and/or heard at the sentencing hearing
  • To be informed of the availability of financial assistance and community services;
  • To receive a prompt return of property when it is no longer needed as evidence;

For a complete listing of your rights, please refer to Colorado Revised Statutes 24-4.1-301 through 24-4.1-304