Victim Rights

The Colorado Constitutional Amendment known as the Victim Rights Act passed in January of 1993.  The following is a summary of the rights guaranteed by the VRA:

Victims have the right to be:  Informed of emergency services, compensation, community assistance, services and procedures available to provide protection from intimidation, harassment or abuse;  Assisted by law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system; Notified of important matters relating to their case; Heard in all matters relating to their case;  Treated with fairness, respect and dignity.  If you are the victim of any of the following crimes, you are guaranteed certain rights by the constitution of the State of Colorado.  It also provides that a victim's designee, legal guardian or surviving family member may also exercise these rights.  

  • Murder - 1st & 2nd Degree  
  • Manslaughter Criminally negligent homicide; vehicular homicide  
  • Assault - 1st, 2nd, 3rd degree; vehicular assault  
  • Menacing  
  • Kidnapping - 1st & 2nd degree 
  • Sexual assault - 1st, 2nd, 3rd degree; on a child; on a child by one in a position of trust; on a client by a psychotherapist  
  • Robbery; aggravated robbery; aggravated robbery of a controlled substance  
  • Incest; aggravated incest 
  • Child abuse  
  • Sexual exploitation of children  
  • Crimes against at-risk adults and juveniles  
  • Designated crimes of domestic violence  
  • Stalking  
  • Ethnic intimidation  
  • Careless driving that results in death 
  • Failure to stop at the scene of an accident that results in the death of another person 
  • Ethnic intimidation; biased-motivated crime     
  • Any criminal attempt; any conspiracy; any criminal solicitation; any accessory to a crime as described herein 
  • Retaliation against a witness or victim  
  • Tampering with a victim or witness  
  • Indecent exposure 
  • violation of a protection order issued against a person charged with sexual assault 
  • Trafficking in adults and children 
  • Burglary-1st degree 
  • Retaliation against a judge or juror 
  • Invasion of privacy for sexual gratification

The state constitution further provides, that a victim's designee, legal guardian or surviving family members also may exercise their rights.