As a victim, you may be experiencing injury, loss, confusion, and disruption of your life. Feelings of shock, fear, vulnerability, anger, and frustration may result. Having information and an understanding of the criminal justice system may be helpful to you at this time. Cherry Hills Police Department can refer victims to a Victim Assistance Program to assist victims of violent crime and unexpected traumas.
Trained Victim Assistance Advocates provide victims, witnesses, their families, and friends with crisis intervention, referrals, follow-up, and detailed explanations of legal procedures involved. The Victim Assistance Program serves all victims regardless of ethnicity, religion, age, gender, and financial or community standing. It is available at no charge.
Victim Rights Included in the State Constitution
In 1992, the voters of Colorado passed a resolution to include Victim Rights as a part of the State’s Constitution. The Colorado State Constitution, Article II, Section 16a states:
“Any person who is a victim of a criminal act, or such person’s designee, legal guardian, or surviving immediate family member if such person is deceased, shall have the right to be heard when relevant, informed and present at all critical stages of the criminal justice process. All terminology, including the term ‘critical stages’, shall be defined by the general assembly.”
Colorado Revised Statutes
Under 24-4.1-302 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, victims of the following crimes are guaranteed rights:
- Child Abuse
- Crimes Against Handicapped, Elderly, or At-Risk Adults
- Criminally Negligent Homicide
- Deaths resulting from careless driving or hit and run accidents
- Domestic Violence
- Ethnic Intimidation
- Indecent exposure
- Intimidation and aggravated intimidation of a witness or victim
- Retaliation against a victim or witness
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Exploitation of Children
- Tampering with a victim or witness
- Vehicular Assault
- Vehicular Homicide
- Violation of criminal protection order issued against a person charged with sexual assault
If the victim is deceased or incapacitated, these rights may be exercised by the victim’s spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, significant other, or other lawful representative.