Minnesota Statutes provide a variety of rights to Minnesota crime victims. For a summary of these rights, click here.
For a link to the statutes, click here.
The Minnesota Office of Justice Programs has more information about victim rights, including translations to several languages. If you believe your rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with them.
“How can I get specific information about the case?”
Call your local law enforcement agency, prosecutor’s office or victim service provider for information.
“What if I need financial assistance?”
You could be eligible for reparations from the state of Minnesota if you are a victim of a violent crime and have out-of-pocket costs related to medical, counseling, a funeral or a wage loss. You could be eligible for restitution from the defendant if he/she is found guilty or enters a guilty plea.
“What should I do if I receive a subpoena or am called to testify?”
A subpoena is a court order to appear in court. Read it very carefully. It will have instructions on who you should call for court information and location. However, if you have a scheduling conflict or have any questions, you should call whoever sent the subpoena. As a witness, you will receive a small fee for your time and mileage.
“Do these rights apply when the offender is a juvenile?”
“How will I know when the offender gets out of jail or prison?”
To be informed about an offender’s release from jail or prison, you must make a special request to be notified. VINE provides information on jail release while CHOICE provides information on release from a correctional facility (prison).
“Can I attend all of the hearings?”
Yes, in general, criminal court proceedings involving adult defendants are open to the public. A judge may close a hearing or exclude a party under certain circumstance.
The Minnesota Office of Justice Programs website has brochures and information about the following: identity theft, coping with victimization, restitution, victim impact statements, tips on testifying, and post conviction issues.
The Minnesota Council on Crime and Justice has a 24-hour crime victim hotline at 612-340-5400.
When the Offender is in Custody:
To request to be notified of an offender's release from jail, or to obtain jail custody information, contact: VINE
To request to be notified of an offender's release from prison, or to obtain custody and other information about a prisoner in MN correctional facility, contact: CHOICE
For information about accessing police reports, click on the link.