Sometimes what happens on television is very much real. Take the popular show Law& Order: Special Victims Unit. Many people in real life have suffered similar crimes and fates. Unfortunately, most victims don’t have an Olivia Bensons or Elliot Stabler fighting for them. If they live in California, however, they have the next best thing –– Marsy’s Law. What is it and how does it help victims of violent crime, you might ask?
What is Marsy’s Law?
Passed in 2008, Marsy’s Law is a Bill of Rights for victims of violent crime. What it does is it guarantees certain constitutional protections and rights to those most vulnerable in what might be their greatest moment of need.
People who live in other states don’t get to enjoy the same protections. For them, fighting their abuser in court can be a completely different experience. Being a victim is already difficult enough, but sometimes bureaucracies and the legal system can make things worse. Which is why you want to take advantage of what Marsy’s Law offers.
What’s Included in Marsy’s Law?
You are probably familiar with the Bill of Rights. Marsy’s Law is a similar idea except that it specifically enshrines a Crime Victims Bill of Rights, or a set of rights and protections for those who suffer at the hands of crime in the state of California. Some of those enumerated rights include:
- Privacy protections so that you don’t have to worry about your abuser.
- Having your safety considered when the defendant’s bail is being set.
- Receiving a notice of plea bargaining and giving you a voice in the process.
- Presenting a victim impact statement for the judge to consider before sentencing.
- Having your personal property returned to you as soon as possible if it was used as evidence
- Receiving restitution for losses suffered as a result of criminal activity
How Can We Help?
Our team here are Justice 4 Crime Victims is committed to defending your rights at every step of the way. We will fight hard to ensure you are treated with dignity and respect, and that any legal proceedings are as smooth as possible. We are lead by a former deputy district attorney who knows the ins and outs of the legal system and understands how prosecutors operate.
If you would like to discuss your case or ask any questions, feel free to call today for your free consultation: 949-585-9055.