Rights of Victims of Crime

Victims of crime, as prescribed by North Carolina Law, shall be entitled to the following basic rights:

  • The right to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity, and to be free from intimidation, harassment, or abuse, throughout the criminal process.
  • The right to be informed of and to be present at court proceedings of the accused.
  • The right to be heard at sentencing of the accused and at other times as prescribed by law or deemed appropriate by the court.
  • The right to receive restitution.
  • The right to be given information about the crime, how the criminal justice system works, the rights of victims, and the availability of services for victims.
  • The right to receive information about the conviction or final disposition and sentence of the accused.
  • To be informed when the accused or convicted person is released from custody or escaped.
  • The right to present their views and concerns considering any action that could result in the release of the accused, prior to such action becoming effective.
  • The right to confer with the prosecution.