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:

  1. Be present at all criminal justice proceedings at which the defendant has such right
  2. Be informed and heard at guilty pleas, bail hearings, sentencing's, probation revocation hearings and parole hearings
  3. Be informed of trials and preliminary hearings
  4. Restitution
  5. The speedy disposition and appellate review of cases
  6. Reasonable protection from the defendant or any person acting on behalf of the defendant
  7. Information concerning the release, escape, recapture or death of the accused while in custody or confinement
  8. 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 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.

Guide to Missouri Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights

These documents have been developed in response to SB 569, which became effective on August 28, 2020. Section 595.201, the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights,  requires the Department of Public Safety to develop documents to be provided by a medical provider to a survivor prior to a forensic examination; and by a law enforcement officer to a survivor upon initial interaction.

There are three documents:

These documents may be translated into other languages using Google Translate, available at https://translate.google.com/

How Do I Request a Victim Rights Inquiry?

Complete a Victim Rights Inquiry Request

Inquiries will only be conducted if the victim of a possible violation submits a request.

Email: CVSU@dps.mo.gov

Fax: (573) 751-5399

Mail an addressed envelope to:

Department of Public Safety
Crime Victim Services Unit
1101 Riverside Drive
Lewis and Clark Building, 4th Floor West
P.O. Box 749
Jefferson City, MO 65102

How Do I Learn More About Crime Victims’ Rights

Upon request, the Crime Victim Services Unit offers 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 573-526-1464 or cvsu@dps.mo.gov.


Staff

Connie Berhorst
Program Manager
(573) 526-1464
Michelle Parks
Program Specialist
(573) 751-5954