As a victim of violent crime, you have certain rights:
- To be notified that a court proceeding to which a victim or witness has been subpoenaed will or will not go on as scheduled, in order to save the person an unnecessary trip to court.
- To receive protection from harm and threats of harm arising out of the cooperation of the person with law enforcement and prosecution efforts, and to be provided with information as to the level of protection available and how to access protection.
- To be informed of financial assistance and other social services available as a result of being a witness or a crime victim, including information on how to apply.
- To be informed of procedure to be followed in order to apply for and receive any witness fee to which the victim or witness is entitled.
- To be informed of the procedure to be followed in order to apply for and receive any restitution to which the victim is entitled.
- To be provided, whenever possible, a secure waiting area during court proceedings.
- To have any stolen or other personal property expeditiously returned by law enforcement agencies when no longer needed as evidence.
- To be provided with appropriate employer intercession services to ensure that employers of the victims and witnesses will cooperate with the criminal justice process in order to minimize the loss and other benefits of the employee resulting from court appearances.
- To have all family members of all homicide victims afforded the services under this section, whether or not the person is to be a witness to any criminal proceedings.
- To be informed of any plea bargaining negotiations.
- To have victim impact statements filed with the judgment and sentences.
- To be informed it a sentence is overturned, remanded for a new trial or otherwise modified by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.
- To be informed in writing of all statutory rights.
- To be informed when any family member is required to be a witness by subpoena from the defense, there must be a showing that the witness can provided relevant testimony as to the guilt or innocence of the defendant before the witness may be excluded from the proceeding by invoking the rule to remove potential witnesses.
- To be notified by the Pardon and Parole Board of Pardon and Parole actions if you request notification.
- To be informed of felony cases involving violent crime or sex offenses when pre-trial proceedings may substantially delay prosecutions.
- To protect the identity of the victim in sexual assault cases.
- To request that the offender be tested for sexually transmitted diseases in sexually assault cases as ordered by the court.
- To be informed that any sentence, including Life Without Parole, may be commuted.
- To receive written notification of how to access victim rights information from the interviewing officer or investigating detective.
- To a speedy disposition of the charges free from unwarranted delay caused by or at the behest of the defendant or minor.
This includes rape, acquaintance rape, domestic abuse, and sexual harassment. Prompt reporting will ensure preservation of evidence and appropriate medical treatment. Please visit www.ok.gov/dac for more information about your rights or the RSU Campus Police has pamphlets available from the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council.
For additional information about sexual assaults, victims can contact Safeline for Toll-free information at 1-800-522-7233.
Rogers County District Attorney’s Office
219 S. Missouri