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Victims Rights

As a crime victim, survivor of a crime, or witness to a crime, Washington State Law provides that reasonable efforts be made to ensure for the following rights:

1. With respect to victims of violent or sex crimes, to receive, from law enforcement officials, a written statement of the rights of crime victims.

2. To be informed of the final disposition of the case.

3. To be informed of changes in court dates to which you have been subpoenaed;

4. To receive protection from harm and threats of harm arising out of cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution and made aware of the level of protection available;

5. To receive any witness fees to which you are entitled;

6. To have, whenever practical, a secure waiting area provided for you during court proceedings;

7. To have any stolen or other personal property returned as soon as possible after completion of the case;

8. To have your employer contacted to minimize any problems when you are required to appear in court;

9. Access to immediate medical assistance without unreasonable delay;

10. With respect to victims of violent and sex crimes, to have a crime victim advocate from a crime victim/witness program present at any prosecutorial or defense interviews with the victim: this applies if practical and does not cause any unnecessary delay in the investigation in prosecution;

11. As a victim or survivor of a victim, to be present in court during trial if your testimony has been given and no further testimony is required;

12. To be informed of the date, time, and place of trial and sentencing hearing for felony convictions upon request;

13. To submit a victim impact statement to the court, which shall be included in the presentence report and made a part of the offender's file;

14. As a victim or survivor of a victim, to present a statement personally, or by representation, at the sentencing hearing when there is a felony conviction;

15. As a victim or survivor of a victim, to have restitution ordered when there is a felony conviction, unless the court judges this to be inappropriate.