Victims Have Rights | We Help You Assert Them
If you are a crime victim, there are no easy answers. The healing process takes a long time and the criminal process can be frustrating and confusing.
In Arizona, crime victims, including victims of domestic violence, have specific rights under the Arizona Constitution. The listed rights include the right to be informed of an arrest decision or decision not to arrest, notice of a charging decision, to be present at all hearings, the right to be heard and to be notified of a defendant’s release, among others.
These rights apply to every crime victim, but they must be asserted. You will receive a notice of your rights, usually by the police, but often victims don’t read the notice or it is lost in the process. In order to assert your rights, you must let the prosecutor’s office know that you want to be informed about the process.
Keep The Prosecutor Updated
Prosecutors are busy and they have a lot to do. If they do not have the most current information — such as your current phone number and address — then it is a challenge for them to notify you of certain proceedings. There are other ways to keep in the loop in a criminal proceeding. An experienced victim representation attorney can help you understand the process so you can stay up-to-date.
At Alongi Law Firm, PLLC, we understand the ways the victim’s rights can be lost in the legal process and among the volume of criminal cases moving through the system. We regularly represent crime victim clients, especially domestic violence victims, throughout the Phoenix metro area and surrounding Arizona counties.
We want to help you during this difficult time. We have the experience to help alleviate your stress and answer your questions.