Critical Stages of Victim’s Rights

A victim’s rights are related to certain “critical stages” in the criminal justice process. These stages include:

*Filing or no-filing of  charges
*Change of venue or transfer of probation
*Preliminary hearing
*Any bond reduction or modification hearing
*Request for release from probation supervision prior to the expiration of defendant’s sentence
*Motions hearing
*Disposition of the complaint or charges against the person accused
*Parole application hearing, release or discharge from imprisonment of a convicted person, or revocation hearing
*Trial
*Sentence  hearing and any modification of the sentence
*Probation revocation hearing
*Filing a complaint, summons, or warrant by probation for failure to report or because the location of a person convicted of a crime is unknown
*Any subpoena for a victim’s medical, school, mental health or victim compensation records