The law is intended to give victims/survivors a role in the system and to ensure that they are well treated and their rights are protected. According to the Victim Rights Act, C. R.S. § 24-4.1-301 through § 24-4.1-304, you have the right:
- To be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity
- To receive protection from harm and threats of harm arising out of cooperation with law enforcement
- To be informed of the date, time and place of the trial (and of any changes) and the sentencing
- To be present in court during trial
- To have personal property returned quickly when no longer needed as evidence
- To be informed of the final disposition of the case;
- To have an order of restitution entered at sentencing;
- To be notified when the offender is released.
- To be informed of the process for enforcing compliance with the Victim Rights Act.
Victims are also eligible for Crime Victim Compensation to help with medical care, counseling and other costs. They are also entitled to have a person of their choosing with them at the hospital, and during any interviews or court proceedings.
Children have additional rights:
- To have proceedings explained in easily understandable language
- To have an advocate present in court to provide emotional support while the child testifies
- Not to have their name, address or photograph disclosed without permission
Law enforcement, prosecutors and judges are encouraged to designate one or more individuals to try to ensure that the child and his/her family understand the legal proceedings and have support and assistance to deal with the emotional impact of the crime and the subsequent criminal proceedings.