Victim rights

  • As a victim of a crime, you have certain rights guaranteed to you by the Arizona Constitution.
  • These rights, however, do not include the right to have a case dismissed or prosecuted. The decision to prosecute rests solely with the City Prosecutor's Office.
  • You may complete and submit a Victim Information Impact Statements Form [PDF] form.

You automatically have the following rights:

  • To be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity and to be free from intimidation, harassment, or abuse throughout the entire criminal justice process.
  • To refuse to be interviewed or deposed by the defendant or the defendant's attorney.
  • If you choose to be interviewed or deposed, you may specify the date, time, duration, location and other conditions.
  • To be accompanied by a parent, relative, advocate or other support person (who will not be testifying at trial) to any interview, deposition, or judicial proceeding, including trial.
  • To end any interview or deposition if it is not conducted in a dignified manner.
  • To have your views and your right to a speedy trial considered by the court in any criminal proceeding.
  • To a speedy trial and prompt disposition of the case after conviction and sentence.

You have the following rights upon request:

  • To confer with a prosecutor regarding the defendant's conditions of release, plea bargains and other pretrial matters.
  • To be present at and notified of any court hearing where the defendant has the right to be present.
  • To be provided with information as to the defendant's release status.
  • To have your home and work addresses, telephone numbers or other information that could result in locating you withheld from the defendant and the defendant's attorney.
  • To be informed of the results of the case.
  • To receive prompt restitution from the defendant upon conviction and to be heard by the court on the method of payment of restitution.
  • To be heard at any proceeding involving a post-arrest release decision, negotiated plea or sentencing.

Additional resources

Visit the City Attorney resource page for shelter and advocacy resources.