If you are the victim of a crime under prosecution, you have many important rights. After a criminal complaint is filed, you will receive a Victim’s Rights Notification Form in the mail. In order to fully exercise and benefit from your rights (which are detailed below), please promptly complete the form and return it to the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office at 230 N. Main Street, Suite 125, Driggs, Idaho, 83422. Failure to promptly return this form may prevent you from receiving the full benefit of your rights.
As a victim of a crime, you have the following rights:
- You are entitled to be treated with fairness, respect, dignity, and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.
- You are permitted to attend all criminal justice proceedings.
- You are entitled to a timely disposition of the case.
- You are entitled to advance notification of trial court, appellate and parole proceedings. Upon request, you may be provided with information about the sentence, incarceration or release of the defendant.
- You have the right to be heard, upon request, at all criminal justice proceedings considering a plea of guilty, sentencing, incarceration or release of the defendant, unless manifest injustice would result.
- You have the right to be informed of a possible plea agreement by the prosecuting attorney prior to entry into that agreement in criminal or juvenile offenses involving violent crimes, sex crimes, or crimes against children.
- You may refuse to provide an interview or information to the defendant or defense counsel, unless such request is authorized by law.
- You have a right to speak with the presentence investigator during the preparation of the presentence report and you are allowed to read the report prior to the defendant’s sentencing hearing.
- You have the right to provide a victim impact statement at the defendant’s sentencing about how you have been impacted by the crime. The statement can be spoken in court or submitted in writing.
- You have the right to expeditious return of any stolen or other personal property when no longer needed as evidence for trial or appeal.
- You have the right to be notified if the defendant or suspect is released or escapes from custody.