Victim Rights

In 1994, the citizens of the State of Idaho passed a Crime Victim’s Rights Constitutional Amendment. This Amendment gives victims 10 specific rights as they move through the criminal justice process:


  • To be treated with fairness, respect, dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process;
  • Permitted to be present at all criminal justice proceedings;
  • Entitled to a timely disposition of the case;
  • Given prior notification of trial court, appellate and parole proceedings and, upon request, to information about the sentence, incarceration or release of the defendant;
  • Heard, upon request, at all criminal justice proceedings considering a plea of guilty, sentencing, incarceration or release of the defendant unless manifest injustice would result;
  • To be informed of a possible plea agreement by the prosecuting attorney prior to entry into that agreement in criminal or juvenile offenses involving crimes of violence, sex crimes, or crimes against children;
  • Allowed to refuse an interview, ex-parte contact or other request by the defendant or any other person acting in behalf of the defendant, unless such request is authorized by law;
  • Consulted by the pre-sentence investigator during the preparation of the pre-sentence report and shall be allowed to read the report prior to the sentence hearing;
  • Assured the expeditious return of any stolen or other personal property by law enforcement agencies when no longer needed as evidence;
  • Notified whenever the defendant or suspect is released or escapes from custody
  • Victim: Includes a person or entity, who suffers economic loss or injury as the result of the defendant’s criminal conduct and shall also include the immediate family of a minor and the immediate family of the actual victim in homicide cases.


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Bonneville County

605 N Capital Ave
Idaho Falls, ID, 83402
Phone: (208) 529-1350