As a Victim, You Have Rights...
“To preserve and protect victim’s rights to justice and due process regardless of race, sex, age, religion, or economic status, victims of crime have the right to;
- be treated with fairness, respect and dignity;
- be free from intimidation or harm throughout the criminal and juvenile justice process;
- be informed about victim’s rights;
- be reasonably informed about criminal proceedings;
- be informed if the accused is arrested, released, or escapes;
- confer with the prosecution before the case is heard in court;
- be present at criminal proceedings where the accused has the right to be present;
- be heard at proceedings affecting bond, bail, release, pleas or sentencing;
- have reasonable access to documents relating to the crime before trial;
- receive restitution from the adult or juvenile offenders;
- a reasonable, prompt and final conclusion of the case.”
Excerpt from the Constitution of South Carolina, Article I, Section 24.
(This is a condensed reference and is not intended to substitute for the law.)