Information on all charges filed and assurance of swift and fair resolution of the proceeding.
Input into decisions regarding plea bargains and to be present and have input at sentencing and parole hearings.
Information regarding restitution or civil remedies.
Release of property within five (5) days after the case is settled and the property is no longer needed as evidence.
Be informed about what steps can be taken if he or she is subjected to intimidation or harassment.
Assistance with employment problems resulting from being the victim of a crime.
Notification of all case dispositions, including appeals.
Timely notification of all court dates.
Secured waiting area when available.
Information regarding community resources and other information that will assist recovery.
Notification of any change in the status or the release from custody of the accused.
South Carolina Victim Rights Act (VRA)
South Carolina Crime Victims Constitutional Rights
You must be:
Treated with fairness, dignity and respect
Protected from intimidation and harm
Informed of all criminal proceedings
Able to confer with the prosecution before trial
Have reasonable access to documents after the investigation and before trial
Receive prompt and final conclusion of the case
Receive prompt and full restitution from the person(s) convicted
Be allowed to submit an oral or written victim impact statement
When a perpetrator is convicted of a crime, the victim has the right to request notifications.
State or local correctional authorities will notify the victim of:
The institution where the person is incarcerated or otherwise being held
The projected release date of the person
Any furlough, work release or community corrections in advance of release
Date and location of scheduled parole hearings
Eescape of the person from a correctional facility or program
Release or discharge from confinement of the person and conditions of that release
Death of the person while in a correctional facility or program.
In addition, upon request of the victim, correctional officials will keep confidential addresses, phone numbers, and places of employment or other personal information of the victim or the victim’s immediate family.
Notifications to Victims
Rights for Victims of Crimes Summary of Acts 141 & 343 Law Enforcement:
Must provide a free copy of the initial incident report.
Must provide a document which describes a victim's constitutional rights and statutory responsibilities as well as local victim assistance and social service providers and the victims compensation program.
Must assist eligible victims in applying for compensation benefits as requested.
Must intervene with creditors or employers of a victim.
Must inform a victim of the status and progress of the case from incident to disposition in summary court, or referral to the Department of Juvenile Justice or referral to a prosecuting agency.
Must notify of arrest, bond hearings, pretrial releases, and of the right to attend summary court bond hearings and make recommendations to the judge; this includes any type of juvenile hearing or release.
Forward victim contact information to the summary court or the prosecuting agency before a bond or release hearing.
Must provide any measures necessary to protect victims, including to and from court.
Must make reasonable efforts to provide separate waiting areas for victims from defendants for proceedings in circuit and family courts.
Return personal property as quickly as possible.
For further information regarding South Carolina Office of Victims Assistance,