Pascua Yaqui Community Hub

Victims’ Rights

A victim of crime has a right:

To Be Treated Fair

To be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity, and to be free from intimidation, harassment, or abuse, throughout the criminal justice process.

To Be Informed

To be informed, upon request, when the accused or convicted person is released from custody or has escaped.

To Be Present

To be present at and, upon request, to be informed of all criminal proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present.

To Be Heard

To be heard, upon request, at any proceeding involving a post-arrest release decision, a negotiated plea, or sentencing.

To Refuse

To refuse a pretrial interview or deposition request by the defendant, the defendant’s attorney or any other person acting on behalf of the defendant.

To Consult

To confer with the prosecution, upon request, before or after the crime against the victim has been charged, before trial or before any disposition of the case
and to be informed of the disposition.

To Read Sentencing Recommendations

To read sentencing recommendations relating to the crime against the victim when they are available.

To Read Police Reports

To read police reports related to the crime involving the victim when they are available.

To Receive Restitution

To receive prompt restitution from the person or persons convicted of the criminal conduct that caused the victim’s loss or injury.

To Be Heard After Conviction

To be heard, upon request, at any proceeding when any post-conviction release from confinement is being considered.

To a Speedy Trial

To a speedy trial or disposition and prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction and sentence.

To Have Rules of Criminal Procedure and Evidence

To have rules of criminal procedure and rules of evidence that protect victims’ rights and that are subject to Tribal Council amendment or appeal.

To Be Informed

To be informed of victims’ rights.