Victim's Rights
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You have and may request the right to notification about:
  • All criminal proceedings and charges filed against the defendant, with the exception of initial appearance, and the right to be present at all proceedings.
  • Information regarding the appropriate agencies from which you may request information and assistance.
  • The pre-sentence report, a right to make a written or oral statement to the probation officer, and a right to review the pre-sentence report.
  • The time and place of any sentencing hearing and to make a statement, or present any information at a sentencing proceeding or any other proceedings as authorized by law.
  • Information regarding the return of any property taken.
  • The date of conviction, acquittal, or dismissal of charges against the defendant and/or the sentence imposed.
  • Refusal of an interview or other communication by the defendant, his attorney or anyone acting on his behalf.
  • The status and results of any post conviction appeal.
  • A waiting area separate from the defendant, his relatives and defense witnesses, if available and practical.
  • Submision of a statement to be entered into the prisoner's records.
  • Release on bond from prison, escape, re-arrest, or death of prisoner.
  • Collection of restitution.
  • Release opinion by the Alabama Department of Mental Health.
  • Any hearings by the Board of Pardons and Paroles and the right to be present and hear such hearings.


As a crime victim, you may be entitled to compensation from the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission. You may be eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have been the victim of personal injury as the result of criminally-injurious conduct.
  • You are the dependent of a deceased victim, if such victim died as a result of this crime.
  • You did not cause or contribute to the injury or death of the victim.
  • An application is filed within one year of the incident.
  • The incident was reported to law enforcement within 72 hours.
  • You cooperated fully with law enforcement officials.
  • Your economic loss has not been paid by other sources.