Constitutional Amendment for Victim Rights
"To be informed, present and heard..."
The voters of Colorado passed a Constitutional Amendment for Victim Rights in November 1992. In an attempt to balance the scales of justice, the Victim Rights Act provides victims an active role in the criminal justice process. The Amendment and the laws of the state [Section 24-4.1-302(1) C.R.S.] mandate the Office of the District Attorney to provide certain information and rights to victims of certain crime. Victims have the right to be informed, present and heard during the criminal justice process. Victim/Witness Assistants contact victims directly about their cases and provide information, support and referrals. Victim Notification Letters are created to keep crime victims up to date on court dates.
Crimes Covered by the Victim Rights Act
The Colorado Constitution guarantees certain rights to victims of the following crimes whether committed by an adult or juvenile:
- Murder, Manslaughter
- Criminally Negligent Homicide
- Vehicular Homicide
- Assault and Vehicular Assault
- Sexual Assault on an adult or child
- Unlawful Sexual Contact
- Violation of 18-1-1001 Protection Order in Sexual Assault cases
- Sexual Exploitation of Children
- Indecent Exposure
- Child Abuse
- Crimes Against At Risk Adults or At Risk Juveniles
- Crimes involving domestic violence
- Harassment by Stalking
- Bias-motivated crimes
- Retaliation Against a Witness or Victim
- Intimidating a Witness or Victim
- Tampering with a Witness or Victim
- Careless Driving Resulting in the death of another person
- Failure to stop at the scene of an accident which results in the death of another person
- Hit & Run Resulting in Death
- Any Criminal Attempt, Conspiracy, Solicitation or Accessory involving any of the crimes listed above.
If the victim of a crime listed above, is deceased or incapacitated, these rights may be exercised by the victim’s spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, significant other, or other lawful representative.