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Texas Crime Victim Rights

A victim of a violent crime is someone who (1) has suffered bodily injury or death or who has been the victim of a crime involving sexual assault, kidnapping, or aggravated robbery, (2) the close relative (spouse, parent, brother/sister, or adult child) of a deceased victim, or (3) the guardian of a victim.  As a victim of violent crime, close relative of a deceased victim, or guardian of a victim, you have the following rights:

  1. The right to protection from 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. If you so request, the right to be informed about court proceedings, including whether or not they have been cancelled or rescheduled.

  4. If you so request, the right to information about procedures in the criminal investigation of your case by law enforcement, and about general procedures in the criminal justice system, including plea bargaining, from the prosecutor's office.

  5. The right to provide information to a probation department conducting a presentence investigation on the impact of the crime.

  6. The right to receive information about the Texas Crime Victim Compensation Fund which provides financial assistance to victims of violent crimes, the payment for a medical exam for a victim of sexual assault, and when requested, referral to available social service agencies that may provide additional help.

  7. If you so request, the right to be notified of parole proceedings by the Board of Pardons and Paroles, to participate in the parole process, and to be notified of the defendant's release.

  8. The right to be provided with a safe waiting area before and during court proceedings.

  9. The right to prompt return of any property no longer required as evidence.

  10. If you so request, the right to have the prosecutor notify your employer of the necessity of your testimony that may involve your absence from work.

  11. If you are the victim of sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, or indecency with a child by sexual contact, you have the right to counseling as regards to AIDS and HIV infection.

  12. The right to request victim-offender mediation coordinated by the victim services division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

  13. The right to complete a Victim Impact Statement, detailing the emotional, physical, and financial impact that the crime has had on you and your family, and to have that statement considered by the attorney representing the state in entering into a plea bargain agreement, by the judge before accepting a plea bargain and by the parole board prior to taking any parole action.

YOUR VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATORS ARE:

Jill McAfee - jill.mcafee@co.bell.tx.us
and
Dana Bettger - dana.bettger@co.bell.tx.us

Please keep in touch with the Coordinators or Prosecutor for the status of your case.