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Mission Statement & Victims' Rights


Maricopa County Sheriff's Office: Victims' Assistance and Notification Unit


Arizona Constitution, Article 2, Section 2.1   
Victims' Bill of Rights

A)  To preserve and protect victims' right:

1. To be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity, and to be free from intimidation,harassment, or abuse, throughout the criminal justice process.
2. To be informed, upon request, when the accused or convicted personis released from custody or has escaped.
3. To be present at and, upon request, to be informed of all criminal proceedings where the defendant has theright to be present.
4. To be heard at any proceeding involving a post arrest release decision, a negotiated plea, and sentencing.
5. To refuse an interview, deposition, or other discovery request by the defendant, the  other person acting on behalf of the defendant.
6. To confer with the prosecution, 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.
7. To read pre-sentence reports relating to the crime against the victim when they are available to the defendant.
8. To receive prompt restitution from the person or persons convicted of the criminal conduct that caused the 
9. To be heard at any proceeding when any post-conviction release from confinement is being considered.
10. To a speedy trial or disposition and prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction and sentence.
11. To have all rules governing criminal procedure and the admissibility of evidence in all criminal proceedings amendment or repeal by the legislature to ensure the  protection of these rights.
12. To be informed of victims’ constitutional rights.
B) any criminal proceeding or setting aside any conviction or sentence.
C) the person is representative, except if the person is in custody for an offense or is the accused.
D) The legislature or the people by initiative or referendum, have the authority to enact substantive and procedural laws to define, implement, preserve and protect the rights guaranteed to victims by this section, including the authority to extend any of these rights to juvenile proceedings.
E) The enumeration in the constitution of certain rights for victims shall not be construed to deny or disparage others granted by the legislature or retained by victims  


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For more information on your victims' rights, please refer to your victims' rights pamphlet.  If you did not receive one either at the time of the crime or through the mail, please call the Law Enforcement agency that assisted you to request one.