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OCDC Victim Rights and Information

Victim Assistance
24-Hour SafeLine: 1-800-522-SAFE (7233)
The Oklahoma SafeLine is a confidential, toll-free, 24-hour hotline for Oklahomans seeking help or information about domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Translation services are available in 150 languages.

For questions or more information, contact the the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office Director of Victim Services in Oklahoma City at (405) 521-3921 or Tulsa: (918) 581-2885.


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Evidence Collection & Kit Tracking


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Victim Notification and Bill of Rights


Marsy's Law for Oklahoma


National Crime Victim Law Institute

Victims of Crime

As a victim of a crime, pursuant to the Oklahoma Constitution Article 2, § 34, you have certain rights:
  • To be informed in writing of all constitutional and statutory rights;

  • To receive written notification of how to access victim rights information from the interviewing officer or investigating detective;

  • Upon request, to be notified and to be present at all proceedings involving the criminal or delinquent conduct, to be heard in any proceeding involving release, plea, sentencing, disposition, parole and any proceeding during which a right of the victim is implicated;

  • Upon request, to be notified that a court proceeding to which a victim or witness has been subpoenaed will or will not go on as scheduled, in order to save the person an unnecessary trip to court;

  • To be treated with fairness and respect for your safety, dignity and privacy, to receive protection from harm and threats of harm arising out of cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution efforts, to be provided with information as to the level of protection available and how to access protection, and upon request, to be notified of any release or escape of an accused;

  • To be informed of financial assistance and other social services available as a result of being a witness or a victim, including information on how to apply for the assistance and services;

  • To be informed of the procedure to be followed in order to apply for and receive any witness fee to which the victim or witness is entitled;

  • To be informed of the procedure to be followed in order to apply for and receive any restitution to which the victim is entitled;

  • To be provided, whenever possible, a secure waiting area during court proceedings that does not require close proximity to defendants and families and friends of defendants;

  • To have any stolen or other personal property expeditiously returned by law enforcement agencies when no longer needed as evidence. If feasible, all such property, except weapons, currency, contraband, property subject to evidentiary analysis and property the ownership of which is disputed, shall be returned to the person;

  • To be provided with appropriate employer intercession services to ensure that employers of the victims and witnesses will cooperate with the criminal justice process in order to minimize the loss of pay and other benefits of the employee resulting from court appearances;

  • To have all family members of all homicide victims afforded all of the services under the Victim's Rights Act, whether or not the person is to be a witness to any criminal proceedings;

  • To be informed that when any family member is required to be a witness by subpoena from the defense, there must be a showing that the witness can provide relevant testimony as to the guilt or innocence of the defendant before the witness may be excluded from the proceeding by invoking the rule to remove potential witnesses and to refuse an interview or other request made by the accused or any person acting on behalf of the accused, other than a refusal to appear if subpoenaed by defense counsel;

  • To be informed in any felony case involving a violent crime or sex offense of the progress of pretrial proceedings which could substantially delay the prosecution of the case;

  • Upon request, to protect the personal information of the victim in law enforcement or court records, if it is determined by the court to be necessary to protect the victim from harassment or physical harm and if the information is immaterial to the defense and to protect the identity of the victim in sexual assault cases;

  • To be informed of any plea bargaining negotiations, and upon request, to confer with the attorney for the state;

  • To a speedy disposition of the charges free from unwarranted delay caused by or at the behest of the defendant or minor. In determining a date for any criminal trial or other important criminal or juvenile justice hearing, the court shall consider the interests of the victim of a crime to a speedy resolution of the charges under the same standards that govern the right to a speedy trial for a defendant or a minor. In ruling on any motion presented on behalf of a defendant or minor to continue a previously established trial or other important criminal or juvenile justice hearing, the court shall inquire into the circumstances requiring the delay and consider the interests of the victim of a crime to a speedy resolution of the case;

  • To present a victim impact statement to the court in writing or orally during the formal sentencing proceeding, to have victim impact statements filed with the judgment and sentence, and the victim impact statements shall be considered by the Pardon and Parole Board when deciding whether to grant parole;

  • To be informed if a sentence is overturned, remanded for a new trial or otherwise modified by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals;

  • To be informed that the Oklahoma Constitution allows, upon the recommendation of the Pardon and Parole Board and the approval of the Governor, the commutation of any sentence, including a sentence of life without parole;

  • Upon request, to be notified by the Pardon and Parole Board of proceedings and actions regarding pardon, parole and commutation; and

  • To assert individually, through an attorney or lawful representative, or by request, through the attorney for state, in any trial or appellate court or before any other authority with jurisdiction over the case and have enforced all the rights enumerated and afforded to the victim by law.

  • Rights afforded victims under the Oklahoma Victims Rights Act shall be protected in a manner no less vigorous than the rights afforded the accused.

  • The Victims Bill of Rights became known as Marsy's Law in November 2018.

  • To download and print these rights from our revised Victims' Rights brochure, click here Victims Rights Brochure

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