WV Crime Victims’ Rights

  • The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim's dignity and privacy.
  • The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender.
  • The right to be notified of court proceedings.
  • The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that testimony by the victim would be materially affected if the victim heard other testimony at trial.
  • The right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case.
  • The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.
  If you are the victim or a witness of a crime you have certain rights and are entitled to services which may include compensation.  For more information visit the WV Victims Witness Assistance Program

One Comment

  1. This may seem like a silly question to some, but I really feel lost in the legal system. Would these rights apply to a stolen ring and credit card, both were felony charges and my brother is imprisoned for the ring? The prosecuting attorney is telling my mother that she plans to release him on home confinement, that would require him coming back into my home, I am the one that filed the charges, I wouldn’t feel reasonably protected. They have yet to inform me of any court proceedings, as a matter of fact they haven’t contacted me at all, if my mother had not told me he was in jail, well it’s a small town, but the police never told me.

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