Victim's Rights by State
Read this first:
Each state adopted a list of
Victim's Rights following California's example in 1982 - the Bill of Rights for
victims, or "Marsy's Law." Certain aspects of these rights, originally established for
victims of violent crimes, also cover fraud victims; however, the list of rights
differs from state to state.
Many state's victim services
provide a Victim/Witness Specialist or Victim Advocate* who can help you with local
social services and help you with other problems you are facing due to having
Even if your state's Victim's
Rights do not apply to White Collar Crime victims or only applies to victims of
offenders who are being prosecuted in the same state, contact our local law
enforcement or Attorney General's Office to find out if you can speak with a
Victim Advocate or Victim/Witness Specialist.
states a victim must be declared a victim by the Prosecutor's Office before
gaining access to victim services. However, call anyway to find out if
you can avail yourself of the services and assistance of a Victim Advocate
or Victim/Witness Specialist.
Compensation seldom covers victims of White Collar Crime as the expense for
the state would be ruinous; however, if you have lost so much money that you
cannot pay for rent, food, transportation to and from work, medical
expenses, or your child's welfare, it never hurts to ask if there is some form of temporary
assistance for you and your family, and if an advocate can help you obtain
Victim/Witness Specialist and a Victim Advocate often have the same duties.
Adobe PDF: The table below is linked to
each state's Bill of Rights list for victims. The list is sometimes only
accessible in Adobe PDF format. To read documents issued in PDF format,
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