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 Rights of Victims

Crime Victims in Texas Have a Right to:

  • Be protected from further harm or threats for cooperating with prosecution efforts 
  • Have the victim's safety considered in the setting of bail 
  • Information about relevant court proceedings 
  • Information about a defendant's right to bail and the procedures in a criminal investigation and in the criminal justice system 
  • The right to complete a victim impact statement, detailing the emotional, physical and financial impact that the crime has had on you and your family, and to have that statement considered by the judge at sentencing and by the parole board prior to taking any parole action
  • Information about the Crime Victim's Compensation Program 
  • Information about parole procedures and to be notified upon the release of the defendant 
  • Be provided with a separate and secure waiting area for witnesses at a trial 
  • Prompt return of property held as evidence when it is no longer required 
  • Have their employer notified if testimony requires absence from work 
  • Have counseling regarding acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS/HIV) if the offense creates the need 
  • Be present at all court proceedings related to the offense, subject to judge's approval 
  • Information and an explanation of these rights

Contact the Victim's Services Unit for more information on these rights at 512-218-6663.

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