As a victim of crime, you may find yourself thrown into a system filled with lawyers, judges, confusing language and procedures. As a victim, you have certain rights. Your rights and much needed information follows. Through the Victim Impact Statement and other resources you can ensure that your rights are met.

The RIGHT to be given information about the crime, how the criminal justice system works, the rights of victims and the availability of services.

The District Attorney has a staff of prosecutors, legal assistants and victim service coordinators to assist you through the process. To request services and further notifications, you should fill out and return the Victim Impact Statement to the District Attorney's Office.

The RIGHT, upon request, to reasonable, accurate and timely notice of court proceedings.

If you want to be kept up to date on court proceedings, conviction, or sentencing of the accused, you must opt-in for notification services through the Victim Impact Statement and keep the District Attorney's Office up to date with your contact information.

The RIGHT, upon request, to receive information about the conviction, final disposition and the sentence.

If the defendant is found, or pleads guilty, and is sentenced to a confinement facility, you have a right to information about appeals and release dates. If the defendant appeals the case, upon your request, your information will be forwarded to the Attorney General for assistance through the appellate process.

If the defendant is found not guilty, your case is over and will not proceed any further.

The RIGHT, upon request, to receive notification of escape, release, proposed parole or pardon or notice of a reprieve or commutation of the accused's sentence.

To receive information about a defendant's confinement or release, register with NC SAVAN (North Carolina Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification) at 1-877-NC-SAVAN or www.ncsavan.org. NC SAVAN is a statewide notification system that will notify you should the defendant be released from jail.

To receive information about people on probation, in prison or on parole, contact the NC Department of Public Safety, Victim Services at 1-866-719-0108 to enroll in their notification program.

The RIGHT to reasonably confer with the District Attorney's Office.

Please contact the District Attorney's Office for assistance.

The RIGHT to present the victim's views and concerns in writing, to the Governor or agency considering action, that could result in the release of the accused.

The RIGHT, upon request, to be present and heard at court proceedings involving the plea, conviction, sentencing, or release.

The District Attorney's Office can assist you in developing your Victim Impact Statement for the court.

The RIGHT to receive restitution when ordered by the court.

Your Victim Impact Statement should include any financial loss you have experienced. In the event of non-payment of restitution, contact the NC Department of Public Safety, Victim Services at 1-866-719-0108.

Victim's Compensation

The Victims's Compensation Program, administered by the Department of Public Safety, is designed to assist persons who suffer personal injury or death caused by criminal conduct. Under NC law, the victim, his or her survivors, or a legal representative may file a claim within two years to receive compensation from this fund. For mor information go to www.ncdps.gov or call 1-800-826-6200, or refer questions to the District Attorney's Office.