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US Attorney Victim Witness Program

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Maine Sex Offender Registry

Multicultural Resource Guide: a listing of specialty service providers for Maine's racial, ethnic and language minority communities

WomensLaw.org: features  links to Maine domestic violence resources

 

VICTIM'S RIGHTS

VICTIMS OF CRIME IN MAINE ARE ENTITLED TO THE FOLLOWING BASIC RIGHTS: 

  • To be treated with dignity and respect.

  • To be assisted by criminal justice agencies.

  • To be informed about the criminal justice system.

  • Whenever practicable, to be notified of plea agreements, and the right to comment on them, before they are brought before the Court..

  • Whenever practicable, to be notified of all judicial proceedings, including time and place of trial.

  • To speak before the Court at sentencing regarding the impact of the crime and the sentence to be imposed by the Court.. 

  • To request restitution.

  • To request compensation from the Victim Compensation Board for un-reimbursed medical and medically related expenses for victims of violent crimes.

  • To be notified of defendant's release from institutional confinement after serving a sentence in all felony cases upon request to the Department of Corrections.

  • To be notified in Domestic violence cases when the defendant makes bail.
  • To be provided with a pamphlet containing certain statutes which pertain to victim's rights.

Below are some Maine statutes that may assist you to learn more about crime victims' rights:

T30 MRSA Section 460 Municipalities and Counties – Encouragement for County V/W Programs

T17-A MRSA Victims’Rights

19-A MRSA 1507 Guardian ad litem notification rights

30-A MRSA 287 Physical Examination of Crime Victims

16 MRSA 53C Privileged communications to Governmental Victim Witness Advocates or Coordinators

16 MRSA 251 Fees of Witnesses

14 MRSA 752-E Crime Victims; Profits from Crime

 

Last Modified: June 13, 2007