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THE RIGHTS OF CRIME VICTIMS

Wisconsin law provides crime victims with the following rights:

To attend court proceedings, subject to any sequestration order.  The court may require victims to exercise this right by telephone or other available means, if the victim is incarcerated, under arrest, or committed to a treatment facility, and the victim does not have a representative.
To be accompanied to court by a victim service representative, upon request.
To a speedy disposition of the case in order to minimize the length of time a victim must endure the stress of their responsibilities in connection with the case.
To have his/her interests considered when the court is deciding whether to grant a continuance of any hearing in the case.
To have his/her interests considered by the court in determining whether to exclude persons from a preliminary hearing.
To provide a safe and secure waiting area while attending court proceedings.
To apply for financial assistance from the Office of the Crime Victim Compensation, in certain cases.  Assistance is available in violent crimes and does not cover property losses.  To obtain more information about crime victim compensation, call (608) 266-6470.
To be provided with appropriate intercession services to ensure that employers of victims will cooperate with the criminal justice process in order to minimize loss of income or benefits resulting from court appearances.
To request an order for and to be given the results of testing to determine the presence of sexually transmitted disease or of any strain of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in certain cases.
Upon request, the opportunity to consult with the district attorney concerning the case and possible outcomes of the prosecution, including potential plea agreements and sentencing recommendations.  This right does not limit the obligation of the district attorney to exercise his or her discretion concerning the handling of any criminal charges against the defendant.
Upon request, the opportunity at sentencing to make an oral statement or a written statement to be read in court, relevant to sentencing.
To have the pre-sentence investigation writer, in cases in which a pre-sentence investigation is ordered, make a reasonable attempt to contact the victim.
To request that the court order restitution, and to docket a civil judgment for unpaid restitution.
Upon request, to receive information about the outcome of the case.
To have any stolen or other personal property expeditiously returned by law enforcement agencies when no longer needed as evidence.  If possible, all such property, except weapons, currency, contraband, property subject to evidentiary analysis and property the ownership of which is disputed, shall be returned to the owner within ten (10) days of being taken.
To complain to the Department of Justice concerning the treatment of crime victims and to request review by the Crime Victims Rights Board of the complaint.
For more information about Crime Victim Services, please refer to the Department of Justice Website at: department of justice
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