Victim's Bill of Rights Act of 2008

Information

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On November 4, 2008, the People of the State of California approved Proposition 9, the Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy's Law. This measure amended the California Constitution to provide additional rights to victims. This card contains specific sections of the Victims' Bill of Rights and resources. Crime victims may obtain additional information regarding Marsy's Law and local Victim Witness Assistance Center information by contacting the Attorney General's Victim Services Unit at 1-877-433-9069.

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San Francisco
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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. The term victim' does not include a person in custody for an offense, the accused, or a person whom the court finds would not act in the best interests of a minor victim. (Cal. Const., art. I, § 28(e).)

 


 

The below information is available in a downloadable brochure in the listed languages

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Victims' Bill of Rights