Know Your Legal Rights
YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO:
- Control – You can make the decision whether or not to file a police report.
- Privacy – Use a pseudonym (different name to protect your identity) and have your address and phone number kept out of court files relating to your case.
- A Forensic Exam – Free collection of evidence to support your case, whether or not you report the crime.
- Financial Support – Be compensated through crime victims’ compensation for financial losses resulting from the criminal conduct, such as: medical costs, moving costs, and lost wages.
- Be Believed – You can refuse to take a lie detector test.
- Peace of Mind – After indictment, have the attacker tested for HIV/AIDS and be notified of the results.
- Safety – Have your safety considered when bail is set.
- Information – Be notified of all legal proceedings, including parole proceedings and the defendant’s custody status.
- Input – Write a “victim impact statement” telling the court the impact the sexual assault has or had on your life. This information will be considered during punishment and parole.
For more information, check out the Texas Advocacy Project or call First Step at 1-800-658-2683.