Your Detailed Rights as a Crime Victim

Your Detailed Rights as a Victim of Crime


As a victim of crime you have the following rights:  

  • To be provided with basic information on available services;

  • You will be told about certain significant actions within the justice system pertaining to your case. This includes the granting or denial of bail to an adult offender, the detention or release of a juvenile, the filing of a petition alleging delinquency, and the escape and subsequent apprehension of an adult prior to trial or a juvenile prior to adjudication;

  • To be accompanied at all proceedings by a family member, a victim advocate or other support person;

  • To give prior comment on the sentencing decision regarding an adult offender or the disposition of a delinquent child;

  • To receive help in preparing an oral and/or written victim impact statement detailing the physical, psychological and economic effects of the crime, which will be considered by the courts; 

  • To be restored as you were before the crime, as much as possible, through restitution and to receive assistance with preparing, submitting and follow-up with a claim for compensation;

  • To be notified of an adult offender’s transfer from a state prison to a mental health facility and the discharge, transfer or escape of the adult offender from that facility;

  • To receive immediate notice of the release of an adult offender on bail who is incarcerated in a local prison for a violation of a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order, or for a personal injury crime committed against the victim protected by the PFA;

  • To have property returned that was seized as evidence, but is no longer needed for prosecution;

  • To have notice and to provide prior comment on a judicial recommendation that the defendant participate in a motivational boot camp;

  • To have notice and provide comment on resentencing decisions regarding an offender;

  • To have notice and provide prior comment on prosecutor’s waiver of eligibility requirement of an offender to enter the Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive (RRRI) Program;

  • To be notified and provide comment if the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections requests that the court reconsider an inmate’s sentence, and re-sentence that inmate to the State Intermediate Punishment Program;

  • To be present at trials and the execution of an offender; and 

  • To receive notice of the arrest of a defendant for violating a PFA order. To receive notice of the arrest of a defendant for violating a PFA order.

Last Review and Update: Apr 05, 2022
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