Victim-Witness Unit – Crime Victim’s Right

In 1994, the citizens of the State of Idaho passed a Crime Victim’s Rights Constitutional Amendment. This Amendment gives victims 10 specific rights as they move through the criminal jusice justice:

  • To be treated with fairness, respect, digity dignity privacy throughout the criminal justice process;
  • Permitted to be present at all criminal justice proceedings;
  • Entitled to a timely disposition of the case;
  • Given prior notification of trial court, appellate and parole proceedings and, upon request, to information about the sentence, incarceration or release of the defendant;
  • Heard, upon request, at all criminal justice proceedings considering a plea of guilty, sentencing, incarceration or release of the defendant unless manifest injustice would result;
  • To be informed of a possible plea agreement by the prosecuting attorney prior to entry into that agreement in criminal or juvenile offenses involving crimes of violence, sex crimes, or crimes against children;
  • Allowed to refuse an interview, ex-parte contact or other request by the defendant or any other person acting in behalf of the defendant, unless such request is authorized by law;
  • Consulted by the pre-sentence investigator during the preparation of the pre-sentence report and shall be allowed to read the report prior to the sentence hearing;
  • Assured the expeditious return of any stolen or other personal property by law enforcement agencies when no longer needed as evidence;
  • Notified whenever the defendant or suspect is released or escapes from custody.

An individual who suffers direct or threatened physical, financial, or emotional harm as the result of the commission of a crime or juvenile offense.
Criminal Offense:
Any charged felony or a misdemeanor involving physical injury, or the threat of physical injury, or a sexual offense.
Juvenile Offense:
Charged conduct that is a violation of law that brings a juvenile within the purview of Chapter 5., Title 20, Idaho Code, and which conduct committed by a juvenile would be a felony if committed by an adult.


After a complaint is filed the listed victim will receive a Victim’s Rights Notification Form in the mail. The completed form should be returned to the address listed on the form.

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