Colorado Victim Rights Act

The Victim Rights Act: 24-4.1-101 through 24-4.1-304

In November 1992, the voters of Colorado passed a resolution to include Victim Rights as a part of the State's Constitution.

 

Crimes that are covered by the Victim Rights Act (VRA)

  • Murder, Manslaughter, Homicide

  • Vehicular Assault, Vehicular Homicide, Careless Driving Resulting in Death, Hit & Run Resulting in Death

  • Sexual Assault on an Adult or Child

  • Sexual Exploitation of Children

  • First Degree Burglary

  • Human Trafficking in Adults or Children

  • Child Abuse

  • Crimes involving Child Prostitution

  • Coercion of Involuntary Servitude

  • Retaliation against a Judge or Juror

  • Crimes Against an At Risk Person

  • Crimes involving Domestic Violence

  • Bias Motivated Crimes

  • Retaliation Against a Witness or Victim

  • Tampering with a Witness or Victim

  • Intimidation of a Witness or Victim

  • Indecent Exposure

  • Violation of a Protection Order on Sexual Assault Cases

  • Victim Rights Act also includes any criminal attempt, conspiracy, criminal solicitation or accessory involving any of the crimes listed above.

 

Your Rights as a Victim of a VRA crime:

  • To be informed of and present for all critical stages of the criminal justice process.

  • To be present and heard in court regarding any bond reduction, continuance, acceptance of plea negotiations, case disposition, or sentencing.

  • To consult with the Deputy District Attorney before the case is resolved or goes to trial and to be informed of how it is resolved.

  • To prepare a Victim Impact Statement and to be present and to be heard at sentencing.

  • To be informed of the status of your case and any scheduling changes or cancellations if known in advance.

  • The right to have the restitution determined by the Court.

  • To be informed of post-conviction release or modification hearings.

  • To get your property back when it is no longer needed for prosecution as evidence.

  • To be informed of the availability of financial assistance and community services.

  • To be given appropriate employer intercession services regarding court appearances and meetings with criminal justice officials.

  • To be assured that in any criminal preceding the court, the prosecutor and other law enforcement officials will take appropriate action to achieve a swift and fair resolution of the proceedings.

  • For a Complete listing of your rights, please refer to Colorado Revised Statutes, 24-4.1-101 through 24-4.1-304.