Seattle Victim’s Rights – Then and Now
February 1, 2013
In the past, there were few laws protecting the victims of crimes. Sometimes victims would feel victimized all over again while going through the justice system seeking help. Physical, psychological, emotional and/or financial suffering is felt by every victim of a crime. Thankfully, today almost every state across the United States has victim’s rights laws in place. The Seattle attorneys at Savage Law Firm want to help you seek the settlement you are owed and protect you during the litigation process.
Victim’s Rights – Now
Multiple laws are now in place to protect victims in Seattle and throughout the state of Washington. Following is a brief list of a few of these laws:
- The right to be treated with dignity and compassion
- The right to protection from intimidation and further harm
- The right to be informed about the case’s progress through the criminal-justice system, including notice of a plea bargain
- The right to receive compensation for damages
- The right to equal treatment in court
- The right to have their property returned promptly, if found by the police
If you suffered from a violent or sexual crime, the following applies to your rights:
- The right to receive, at the time of reporting the crime to law enforcement officials, a written statement of the rights of crime victims as provided in this chapter. The written statement shall include the name, address, and telephone number of a county or local crime victim/witness program specific to the county of the crime.
As mentioned, there is a multitude of laws to protect Seattle victims. The Victim’s Rights Attorneys at Savage Law Firm can assist you in understanding the laws that apply to you and your specific case. Contact us today for a free consultation.