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Crime Victims' Rights

Crime Victims Have Rights.

Office of Victim Advocate

Crime Victims' Rights

Victims of crime in Pennsylvania have rights throughout the various stages of the criminal justice process. Some crime victim’s rights violations can be addressed in court by filing a motion. A crime survivor can file the motion on their own or the Prosecutor could file a motion on behalf of the victim.

You have the right to be told about: 

  • Basic services available in your county 
  • Court events, including information on bail, the escape/release of the offender, preliminary hearings, trials, guilty pleas, sentencing and final disposition of the case 

You have the right to receive: 

  • Notice of the arrest of the offender 
  • Information about restitution and assistance with compensation 
  • Accompaniment to all criminal proceedings by a family member, a victim advocate, or a support person 
  • To receive help in preparing a verbal and/or written victim impact statement. 

You have the right to provide comment concerning: 

  • Sentencing decisions 
  • Post-sentencing decisions including parole consideration, pardons and clemency, medical or compassionate release.


File a Crime Victims’ Rights Violation

If you believe your rights as a crime victim have been violated, please fill out one of the below forms to have an advocate reach out to you. 

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