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Santa Ana Criminal Victim Lawyers Explain Victims’ Rights & Marsy’s Law

If you or a loved one has been harmed in a criminal incident, connect with a Santa Ana criminal victim lawyer from the Law Offices of Benjamin Arsenian to protect your rights and ensure that you collect whatever damages you might be entitled to. 

The Rights of Crime Victims in California 

Through Marsy’s Law, referred to as the Victims’ Bill of Rights, the rights of victims were expanded substantially in California, specifically through the California Constitution article I, Sec. 28, section (b), through which victims are provided with these enumerated rights:

  • To be treated with both fairness and respect for their privacy and dignity, while also being free from abuse, harassment, or intimidation during the criminal or juvenile process
  • To receive reasonable protection from the defendant and persons who are acting on behalf of the defendant
  • To have your safety and that of your family considered when determining the amount of bail and release conditions for the defendant
  • To prevent the disclosure or release of confidential information or records to the defendant or their attorney, or any other party acting on their behalf, that could be used to locate or harass the victim, or that could disclose other confidential or privileged information 
  • To refuse an interview, deposition, or other discovery request by the defendant, their criminal victim attorney, or other party acting on their behalf, and to establish reasonable conditions concerning the conduct in any such interview if you consent
  • There are a number of other rights outlined including a speedy trial and final conclusion of the case, as well as any post-judgment proceedings, which can include restitution 

Determining what your rights are is essential to your claim, while also ensuring that your privacy is protected. The experienced Santa Ana criminal victim attorneys from the Law Offices of Benjamin Arsenian are standing by to determine how we can help through your risk-free, cost-free initial consultation. 

Crime Victims Are Entitled to Restitution Under CA Law

Under CA Law, when you “suffer losses as a result of criminal activity” in California, you “have the right to seek and secure restitution from the persons convicted of the crimes causing the losses they suffer.” You are also entitled to the prompt returns of your property when it is no longer needed as evidence in the trial. Protecting your privacy during the case and ensuring that you receive the damages you are entitled to after are key parts of your Santa Ana criminal victims’ attorney’s work on your behalf.

Connect with a Santa Ana Crime Victims’ Attorney 

Being the victim of a crime can have lasting consequences on your health and well-being, both physically and mentally. When you have been the victim of a crime, you are entitled to restitution for the damages caused by the convicted wrongdoer, and also to the quick return of any property taken during the investigation. We can help at every step of the way, so give us a call at 714-400-2000, or contact us to schedule your initial consultation.