Marsy’s Law significantly expands the rights of victims in California. Under Marsy’s Law, the California Constitution article I, § 28, section (b) now provides victims with the following enumerated rights:

  • The rights to justice and due process
  • The right to notice of all proceedings
  • The right to be present whenever the defendant has the right to be present
  • The right to be heard –at critical stages of the criminal justice system –any time that a victim’s rights are at issue
  • The right to have victims’ safety considered before any release decisions are made
  • The right to know when an offender is being released, or escapes
  • The right to protect victims’ confidential records
  • The right to refuse submit to interrogation by a defendant or his lawyer before trial
  • The right to confer with the prosecutor
  • The right to be free from intimidation, harassment, or abuse, and to be treated with fairness and respect
  • The right to restitution
  • The right to a speedy trial and to reasonable finality
  • The right to enforce these special rights in any court
  • The right of victims be informed of their Marsy rights –just as defendants are given their Miranda rights

To read Marsy’s law in full use the link provided below…

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