You have rights as a victim of a crime. Crime victims' rights information is available at Oregon Crime Victims Rights or you can download the Victims' Rights Guide published by the Oregon Department of Justice.
Some rights are automatic; however, some must be specifically requested by the victim to go into effect. If you are the victim of a crime and would like to invoke certain rights, please complete the Victims' Rights Request form that has been provided by your Advocate. You may also obtain a copy from our Forms page.
A victim has the right to be present at, and upon specific request, to be notified in advance of, any critical stage of the criminal proceedings where the defendant is present. A "critical stage hearing" is defined to include the following:
- Release hearings
- Preliminary hearings
- Entry of guilty or no contest pleas
- Restitution hearings
- Probation or deferred sentencing violation or revocation hearings
- Relief from the requirement to report as a sex offender hearings
- Expungement hearings
Although you have a right to appear at these hearings, your attendance is not required unless you are subpoenaed by our office. If you have any questions about your rights as a victim of crime, please contact our Victim Advocates at (503) 846-8671.