Victim Rights

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Texas Victim Rights

As a victim of a violent crime, as the guardian of a victim, or as the close relative of a deceased victim, you have certain rights in the Texas criminal justice system. Among these are:

  1. The right to protection from harm and threats of harm arising from cooperation with prosecution efforts;
  2. The right to have your safety, and that of your family, taken into consideration when bail is being considered;
  3. The right to be informed about court proceedings, including cancellations or rescheduling upon request;
  4. The right to information about procedures in criminal investigations and in the criminal justice system;
  5. The right to receive information about the Texas Crime Victims Compensation Fund and referral to available social service agencies;
  6. The right to provide information to a probation department conducting a pre-sentence investigation about the impact of the offense upon you and your family;
  7. The right to have the law enforcement agency that requests a medical examination of a victim of an alleged sexual assault pay all costs of the examination only;
  8. The right to be notified about parole proceedings, to participate in the parole process, and to be notified of the inmate's release;
  9. The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, if the presiding judge approves;
  10. The right to a safe waiting area before and during court proceedings;
  11. The right to prompt return of any property that is no longer needed as evidence;
  12. The right to have the prosecutor notify your employer that the need for your testimony may involve your absence from work;
  13. The right to complete a Victim Impact Statement, detailing the impact of the offense upon you and your family, and to have that statement considered during sentencing and any parole action;
  14. The right to counseling, on request, regarding AIDS and HIV infection and testing for AIDS and HIV related infections, if the offense is a sexual offense or sexual assault.

Note: Article 56 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure states: "A judge, attorney for the state, peace officer, or law enforcement agency is not liable for a failure or inability to provide a right enumerated in this article."

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