Domestic Violence Task Force
According to O.C.G.A. §17-17-1 through 16, if certain crimes are committed against you, you are entitled to notification of your rights as a crime victim. You may designate a family member to act in your place with regard to these rights if you are physically disabled.
You have the right to notification regarding:
The accused’s arrest, the accused’s release and consideration of release, judicial proceedings where release is considered, victims’ compensation, legal proceedings of a criminal case throughout judicial process, appellate proceedings, Georgia Corrections and Parole Board notification procedures and services, Attorney General’s notification procedures in death penalty cases upon accused’s conviction.
You also have the right to:
- Express your opinion regarding proceedings/disposition
- If bond is granted, the victim may file a written complaint with the prosecuting attorney asserting any acts or threats by the accused, and the prosecuting attorney may move the court to revoke bond
- Separate victims’ waiting area
- Request that defense counsel not disclose victim information to the accused
If you wish to exercise these rights and request notification, you must do so in writing, providing a current address and phone number to the notifying parties which may include arresting, investigating and custodial law enforcement agencies, and the prosecutor’s office, as well as the state agencies listed above at the appropriate time in the judicial process.