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Know Your Rights!

Written by Tana Carpenter. Posted in Resource Center

Know Your Rights! 

You have the right:
1. To have a victim advocate with you at every court proceeding.
2. To make the prosecutor aware of any safety concerns you have
as a result of what happens in the case.
3. To ask for a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) in this case
AND to seek a Civil Protection Order.
4. To contact your advocate or prosecutor to get information
about the status of your case and to be consulted before any
plea offer is made.
5. To refuse to talk to a defense attorney.
6. To refuse to talk to your abuser at court or anywhere else. If
your abuser tries to talk to you at court, get help from a prosecutor,
bailiff, or police officer.
7. To talk to your advocate or prosecutor if you have concerns
about testifying in court. If you receive a subpoena, you must
appear in court to testify.
8. To NOT be scared or intimidated by someone so that you will
not testify. If anyone– your abuser, abuser’s attorney, or someone
else– says or does anything to make you afraid to cooperate
with the case, inform your advocate and the prosecutor
immediately.
9. To not have any costs associated with this criminal case.

You have the right:

1. To have a victim advocate with you at every court proceeding.

2. To make the prosecutor aware of any safety concerns you haveas a result of what happens in the case.

3. To ask for a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) in this case AND to seek a Civil Protection Order.

4. To contact your advocate or prosecutor to get information about the status of your case and to be consulted before any plea offer is made.

5. To refuse to talk to a defense attorney.

6. To refuse to talk to your abuser at court or anywhere else. Ifyour abuser tries to talk to you at court, get help from a prosecutor,bailiff, or police officer.

7. To talk to your advocate or prosecutor if you have concerns about testifying in court. If you receive a subpoena, you must appear in court to testify.

8. To NOT be scared or intimidated by someone so that you will not testify. If anyone– your abuser, abuser’s attorney, or someone else– says or does anything to make you afraid to cooperate with the case, inform your advocate and the prosecutor immediately.

9. To not have any costs associated with this criminal case.