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San Luis Obispo County, California

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Victim/Witness Pages:

For More Information:

Contact Us:

Phone: (805) 781-5821

Toll-free: (866) 781-5821

Fax: (805) 781-5828

1035 Palm St. Room 384

San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Victims' Rights

A ‘victim’ is defined under the California Constitution as, “a person who suffers direct or threatened physical, psychological, or financial harm as a result of the commission or attempted commission of a crime or delinquent act. The term ‘victim’ also includes the person’s spouse, parents, children, siblings, or guardian, and includes a lawful representative of a crime victim who is deceased, a minor, or physically or psychologically incapacitated."

As a California crime victim, you have a right to:

  • Be informed about the criminal justice process;
  • Be notified and informed of pending felony pretrial/trial dispositions;
  • Be heard by the court* at sentencing/disposition/parole eligibility hearings;
  • The return of property when it is no longer needed as evidence;
  • Be notified if your presence in court is not needed;
  • Be informed about available civil remedies, financial assistance, and social services;
  • Be compensated for your loss whenever possible;
  • Be provided with a secure waiting area during court proceedings; and
  • Have inconveniences associated with participation in the criminal justice process minimized.

    Adapted from the Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights

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Marsy's Rights 

Marsy's Law text adopted on November 5, 2008

*Victims' Rights and court statements

Under California law, persons who meet the definition of "victim" have a right to attend sentencing hearings and make an “impact statement” to the court. For more information about Victim Impact Statements and a helpful sample form to fill out, click here.