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VICTIM'S RIGHTS

     If you have been identified as a victim of a crime as defined by statute, you have certain rights as provided by Article 1, Section 35 of the Constitution of Tennessee.

Your rights as a victim:
  1. The right to confer with the prosecution.
  2. The right to be free from intimidation, harassment, and abuse throughout the criminal justice process.
  3. The right to be present at all proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present.
  4. The right to be heard, when relevant, at all critical stages of the criminal justice process as defined by statute.
  5. The right to be informed of all proceedings and the release, transfer, escape or recapture of the accused or convicted person.
  6. The right to a speedy trial or disposition and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction or sentence.
  7. The right to restitution from the offender.
  8. The right to be informed of each of the rights established for victims.

The following phone numbers are for your information in exercising your rights:

  • Tennessee Victims’ Coalition 1-800-358-0538
  • Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification (SAVIN) Service (888) 868-4631
    https://www.vinelink.com
  • Probation and Parole (615) 741-1673
  • Tennessee Department of Correction (615) 741-1000
  • District Attorney’s Office
       Criminal Injuries Compensation (615)741-2734
       Eligibility information for injured victims of violent crime

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