A victim of a crime is someone who has been physically, emotionally, or financially harmed because of a crime or attempted crime. Close family members of the direct victim also qualify as victims of crime and have the same rights as the direct victim.
This guide highlights key rights victims can access at different stages of a criminal case. The stages are different if the person arrested for a crime is under 18. There may be also deadlines to request some of these rights, and some must be requested in writing.