Victim's Rights

MISSOURI CONSTITUTIONAL VICTIM RIGHTS

These rights are granted automatically to all victims of dangerous felony crimes.

If you were a victim of a non-dangerous felony crime, or a victim of any misdemeanor crime, you must request in writing that your rights be observed. Mail your requests to: Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, 415 E. 12th Street, 11th floor, Kansas City, MO 64106.


You Have the Right:


  1. To receive information about the crime and decision regarding the filing of charges.
  2. To be informed about Missouri Crime Victim Compensation, receive assistance in applying for compensation; be informed about financial, emergency and crisis intervention services in the Jackson County Community.
  3. To be present and heard at all criminal justice proceedings at which the defendant has such a right.
  4. To be informed in a timely manner of court dates, continuances and final outcomes of all court hearings.
  5. To be provided with a secure waiting area during court proceedings.
  6. To reasonable protection from harm and/or threats.
  7.  To participate in criminal justice proceedings without being discharged or disciplined by an employer.
  8. To be informed of procedures to apply for and receive any witness fees if entitled.
  9. To have property returned once there is a final outcome of a case, and to have a reasonable explanation if it cannot be returned.
  10. To appear at sentencing and make and oral and/or written statement.
  11. To be notified if the defendant escapes, is released or dies.
  12. To be informed about restitution and to ask the defendant to pay restitution.

If you feel any of these rights have been violated, you may contact Jackson County Prosecutor's Office Victim Advocates at (816) 881-3555, or the Missouri Victim Assistance Network at (800) 698-9199.