Automatic rights
Many of the rights provided to victims through legislation and rules of court are automatic. If you are a victim, these include the right:

1. To be advised of all victim rights and how to assert them;

2. To information on the availability of crises intervention, medical and emergency services, information on victim assistance programs and domestic violence resources;

3. To be advised of the date, time and location of the initial appearance or arraignment if a suspect is arrested or cited;

4. To be provided the police report number, if available, and if the case has been submitted to a prosecutor's office, information on how to contact that office;

5. To be notified if the prosecutor declines to file charges, and notice of what charges are filed;

6. To have your home address, and employer's name and address withheld from the defendant and his representatives;

7. To refuse an interview with the defendant and anyone working on the defendant's behalf;

8. To be present at any court proceeding at which the defendant has the right to be present;

9. To name an appropriate support person, who is not a witness, to accompany you to any interview, deposition or court proceeding;

10. To have the Court provide appropriate safeguards to minimize contact between you and the defendant;

11. To be heard at any proceeding concerning release of the accused person, a plea agreement, and the sentencing;

12. To speak with the presentence investigator before the sentencing, to give a sentencing recommendation, and to read the presentence report when it is available to the defendant;

13. To have the court order restitution, and to receive that restitution, and to promptly;

14. To be notified, upon request, of the escape and rearrest of the accused or convicted person (this includes a person placed in a mental health treatment agency);

15. To attend all court proceedings without being demoted or fired from your job.