Crime Victims' Rights

As a crime victim, you have a right to be treated with dignity and informed about a criminal case.  Donelan Law provides strong advocacy for victims’ rights before and during a criminal proceeding.  All victims deserve for their case to be taken seriously and for a complete and thorough investigation to be done.

Article 1, Section 32 of the Missouri State Constitution guarantees that crime victims have the right to:
  • Be present at all criminal justice proceedings at which the defendant has such right.
  • Be informed and heard at guilty pleas, bail hearings, sentencings, probation revocation hearings and parole hearings.
  • Be informed of trials and preliminary hearings.
  • Restitution.
  • The speedy disposition and appellate review of cases.
  • Reasonable protection from the defendant or any person acting on behalf of the defendant.
  • Information concerning the release, escape, recapture or death of the accused while in custody or confinement.
  • Information about how the criminal justice system works, the rights and availability of services and information about the crime.

Missouri Revised Statutes, Section 595.209, further established and defined rights of crime victims.

Sexual Assault Survivor Rights
Recently, Missouri’s Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Missouri established numerous rights for sexual assault survivors. This includes specific rights before, during, and after an interview and a forensic examination.

A Brief Guide to Missouri Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights

How Donelan Law can help:
If you have been a victim of a violent crime, we can help you navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system.  As a former assistant prosecutor, Sarah knows the ins and outs of a criminal case and will ensure your voice is heard.

At Donelan Law, we will listen to you, discuss all your legal options, and fight for you.