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:
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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.