A crime can have severe after effects on the victim, including emotional problems and financial losses. There are laws and several agencies to help you.
The Constitution of the State of Colorado and the laws of this state guarantee rights to victims of crime. There are specific rights afforded to victims of certain crimes or in the case of victim being deceased or incapacitated these rights are guaranteed to the victim’s spouse, partner, parent, child, sibling, or grandparent.
You can read about the constitutional and statutory rights of victims.
There are many services available to victims of crimes. The City Attorney’s Office can assist you in finding those services. You can contact their Victim Resource Program by calling (720) 913-8020.
Information on getting a civil protection order can be found can be found in the Protection Order section of this site.
Are you a victim of bullying?
Bullying is when a person tries to hurt or control you. This can include physical attacks, threatening someone, spreading rumors, or making you feel unimportant. If this is happening to you, you are not alone. If you are being bullied, it is important to tell an adult. There are support groups and other agencies that can help you. No one expects you to get through this alone. For more information about a support group or other assistance, call the Victim Advocacy Program at (720) 913-8020 and they will be happy to assist you.
Restitution is the repayment of losses to a victim by a defendant. Victims of crime have the right to obtain restitution from defendants after a defendant has pled guilty or been found guilty at trial, and a sentence is imposed.
The City Attorney’s Office is responsible for providing the Court with the amount of restitution owed to a victim, or victims, in a juvenile case.
Prior to sentencing, a Victim Impact Statement is mailed to all victims of crime where injury to a person or damage to property is charged. The Victim Impact Statement will ask about the emotional, as well as financial impact of the crime and will be provided to the judge at sentencing.
The Judge can only consider losses directly caused by the crime and it is important to provide the prosecutor’s office with documentation of the loss. If you are the victim of a crime and have questions concerning what kind of documentation is needed, the victim advocate assigned to the case can be of assistance. It is important to make sure the prosecutor’s office has current contact information for you and that all restitution documentation is provided to the prosecutor in a timely manner.
At the Sentencing Hearing, the Judge will make a specific order of restitution if the amount is known and documented. The Court can reserve the restitution order for 90 days if an exact amount still needs to be determined. If the amount of restitution is in dispute, the Judge can order a Restitution Hearing and the victim may be required to appear and testify.
Once a specific amount of restitution is ordered by the Court, the defendant will be required to pay the Court and the Court will forward the payments to the victim. Sometimes defendants are put on a payment plan and are required to pay a certain amount each month. Each time a payment is made, the Court will forward the amount to the victim. Unfortunately, sometimes defendants do not pay and the Court must try to collect by repeated contacts and putting a hold on the defendant’s driver’s license.