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The list below provides an overview of victim and witness rights in Wisconsin.  To obtain a complete list, contact the District Attorney’s Office or refer to: www.doj.state.wi.us/ocvs/victim-rights/your-rights-victim

  • To be treated with fairness, dignity and respect for your privacy.
  • To not have personal identifiers including email disclosed or used for a purpose unrelated to the official duties of an agency, employee or official.
  • To be informed of your rights and how to exercise those rights.
  • To information regarding the offender's release from custody.
  • To be notified of a decision not to prosecute if an arrest has been made.
  • To speak with (confer) the prosecutor representative upon your request, about the possible outcome of the case, potential plea agreements and sentencing options.
  • To attend court proceedings in the case.
  • To be notified of the time, date and place of upcoming court proceedings, if you so request.
  • To be provided with a waiting area separate from defense witnesses.
  • To a speedy disposition of the criminal case.
  • To have your interest considered when the court is deciding to grant a request for a delay (continuance).
  • To be notified if charges are dismissed.
  • To be accompanied to court by a service representative. This right is limited to specific types of crimes.
  • To ask for assistance with your employer if necessary, resulting from court appearances.
  • To request an order for, and to be given the results of, testing the offender for sexually transmitted diseases or HIV. This right is limited to specific types of crimes.
  • To provide a written or oral victim impact statement concerning the economic, physical and psychological effect of the crime upon you to be considered by the court at sentencing.
  • To have the impact of the crime on you included in a presentence investigation.
  • To be provided sentencing or dispositional information upon request.
  • To restitution as allowed by law.
  • To a civil judgment for unpaid restitution.
  • To compensation for certain expenses as allowed by law.
  • To have your property expeditiously returned when it is no longer needed as evidence.
  • To be notified of the offender's eligibility for parole and to have input into the parole making decision.
  • To be notified by the Department of Corrections of specific types of releases, escapes or confinements as provided by law.
  • To be notified of a pardon application to the governor and to make a written statement regarding the pardon application
  • To contact the Department of Justice about any concerns you may have about your victim rights.