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Missouri - Crime Victims' Rights

Rights Granted to Victims of a Crime in Missouri

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General Crime Victim Rights in Missouri:

  • To be present at all criminal proceedings where the defendant has that right.
  • To confer with the prosecutor regarding bail hearings, guilty pleas, pleadings of insanity, hearings, sentencing and probation revocation hearings.
  • To be present at any hearing in which the defendant is present before a probation and parole hearing officer and to full participation in all phases of parole hearings or probation revocation hearings.
  • To be heard at juvenile probation revocation hearings, probation revocation and parole hearings initiated by the board of probation and parole, and release proceedings for persons found not guilty by reason of insanity. Victims also may offer a written statement, video or audio tape in lieu of a personal appearance.
  • To protection from harmful threats from a defendant for activities arising out of cooperation with law enforcement officials, and the right to a secure waiting area during a court proceeding.
  • To speedy disposition of cases and speedy appellate review.
  • To fair employment rights (including the right of a victim, witness or member of a victim's family not to be discharged or disciplined by an employer for honoring a subpoena or for participating in the preparation of a criminal proceeding).
  • To regain property from a prosecutor or law enforcement officer once it is no longer needed for evidence or retention during an appeal (within five working days upon request) unless it is contraband or subject to forfeiture proceedings.
  • To creditor intercession services by the prosecuting attorney if the victim is unable, as a result of the crime, to temporarily meet financial obligations.
  • To limited compensation for out-of-pocket loss and for qualified medical care necessary as a result of the crime.

You May Be Eligible For Reimbursement Benefits If:

  • You are a victim of violent crime and suffered personal bodily injury.
  • You are a relative who requires counseling to better assist a sexual assault victim with recovery.
  • You are a spouse, child or other dependent of a victim who has died as a direct result of a crime, or you assumed financial obligations incurred as a result of the victim's death.
  • You are a Missouri resident who suffered personal injury in a state that does not have a crime victim's compensation program and the injury would be covered if the crime had occurred in Missouri.

To Be Eligible You Must Have:

  • Reported the incident within 48 hoursTo the proper law enforcement agency or had a good reason for delay.
  • Filed the compensation claim within two years of the crime or discovery of the crime.
  • Incurred medical expenses and lost time from work, or incurred no medical bills but lost at least two weeks wages.
Source: Missouri Attorney General's Office
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