What are the rights of a Crime Victim in Missouri?
Article 1, Section 32 of the Missouri State Constitution guarantees that crime victims have the right to:
- Be present at all criminal justice proceedings at which the defendant has such right
- Be informed and heard at guilty pleas, bail hearings, sentencing's, probation revocation hearings and parole hearings
- Be informed of trials and preliminary hearings
- The speedy disposition and appellate review of cases
- Reasonable protection from the defendant or any person acting on behalf of the defendant
- Information concerning the release, escape, recapture or death of the accused while in custody or confinement
- Information about how the criminal justice system works, the rights and availability of services and information about the crime
The rights of crime victims are further established and defined in the Missouri Revised Statutes, Section 595.209.
Who is eligible for these rights?
Section 595.209 of the Missouri Revised Statutes
Section 595.209 of the Missouri Revised Statutes specifies that victims of certain dangerous felonies are automatically afforded these rights. Victims of all other crimes and witnesses of crimes are also guaranteed these rights but they must submit a written request to the appropriate agency (i.e. law enforcement agencies, juvenile authorities, custodial authorities, prosecutors, probation and parole, etc.) to ensure that their rights are afford to them.
Victim Notification Request
If you are a crime victim and you wish to be notified of court proceedings, you may request your rights by completing the form below and submitting it to the prosecuting attorney’s office that is handling your case.
Victim Rights Complaint
How to File a Complaint
Inquiries will only be conducted if the victim of the violation puts in the request. All other complaints about victim rights violations will be housed in a database for tracking purposes.
If you are a victim or a family member of a victim of crime and believe that your rights as a crime victim have been violated, you may request an inquiry from the CVSU office by taking the following steps:
- Make a written request to CVSU to conduct an inquiry.
- In your complaint, include your name, address and a telephone number where you can be reached.
- Provide a brief explanation of the criminal incident, attaching any copies of additional information you wish for us to take into consideration.
- Clearly and concisely explain your complaint and against whom the complaint is made.
How to Submit the Complaint
To submit a complaint, you can email, fax, or send the complaint by mail.
Mail an addressed envelope to:
Crime Victim Services Unit
1101 Riverside Drive
Lewis and Clark Building, 4th Floor West
P.O. Box 749
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Victim Rights Presentations
Upon request, the Crime Victim Services Unit provides speakers to make presentations on victims’ rights and compliance issues in Missouri. There is no charge for the presentation. To make a request for a speaker or request more information, contact our office at 866-334-6682 or [email protected].