Victims' Rights

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 PDF icon 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 PDF icon 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
  • Trial
  • Restitution hearings
  • Sentencing
  • 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.