Victim Rights

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Download the Victim Assistance brochure

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As a victim of a crime, you have certain rights guaranteed to you by the Arizona Constitution. These rights, however, do not include the right to have a case dismissed or prosecuted. The decision to prosecute rests solely with the City Attorney's Office.

You may download, print, complete and submit the Victim Impact Statement form.

You automatically have the following rights

To be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity and to be free from intimidation, harassment, or abuse throughout the entire criminal justice process. •  To refuse to be interviewed or deposed by the defendant or the defendant's attorney. •  If you choose to be interviewed or deposed, you may specify the date, time, duration, location and other conditions. •  To be accompanied by a parent, relative, advocate or other support person (who will not be testifying at trial) to any interview, deposition, or judicial proceeding, including trial. •  To end any interview or deposition if it is not conducted in a dignified manner.   •  To have your views and your right to a speedy trial considered by the court in any criminal proceeding. •  To a speedy trial and prompt disposition of the case after conviction and sentence.

You have the following rights upon request

To confer with a prosecutor regarding the defendant's conditions of release, plea bargains and other pretrial matters. •  To be present at and notified of any court hearing where the defendant has the right to be present. •  To be provided with information as to the defendant's release status. •  To have your home and work addresses, telephone numbers or other information that could result in locating you withheld from the defendant and the defendant's attorney. •  To be informed of the results of the case. •  To receive prompt restitution from the defendant upon conviction and to be heard by the court on the method of payment of restitution. •  To be heard at any proceeding involving a post-arrest release decision, negotiated plea or sentencing.

Additional resources

Visit the City Attorney resource page for shelter and advocacy resources.