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.

Know Your Legal Rights! 

For more information, check out the Texas Advocacy Project or call First Step at 1-800-658-2683.

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