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Victim Rights

Minnesota Statute 611A provides the following rights to victims.

Notification
You have the right to be notified of:

  • Content of any plea agreement
  • Changes in the schedule of court proceedings if notified to testify
  • Final disposition of the case
  • Any appeals and the right to attend if there are oral arguments
  • Sentence modifications
  • Release of the offender from prison or other custodial institutions or transfer to a less secure facility
  • Escape and apprehension of the offender form prison or other custodial institution
  • Motions to have case records expunged (sealed and kept confidential)
  • Filing of a civil commitment petition and the outcome


Participating in prosecution
You have the right to participate in prosecution, including:

  • Content of any plea agreement
  • Changes in the schedule of court proceedings if notified to testify
  • Final disposition of the case
  • Any appeals and the right to attend if there are oral arguments
  • Sentence modifications
  • Release of the offender from prison or other custodial institutions or transfer to a less secure facility
  • Escape and apprehension of the offender from prison or other custodial institution
  • Motions to have case records expunged (sealed and kept confidential)
  • Filing of a civil commitment petition and the outcome


Protection
You have the right to protection from harm, including:

  • Tampering with a witness is a crime in Minnesota
  • Not providing your address in open court
  • Waiting in a secure area during court
  • Not being disciplined or dismissed by your employer if called to testify
  • Requesting law enforcement to withhold your identity from the public

Financial assistance
You have the right to apply for financial assistance, including:

  • Financial assistance from the state for economic loss due to a violent crime, i.e. medical, counseling, and funeral expenses
  • Requesting the court to order the defendant to pay restitution for out-of-pocket losses

To exercise any of these rights or to learn more about them, contact the Dakota County Attorney’s Victim/Witness Program at 651-438-4471.

Last updated: 11/13/2012 3:10 AM