Friday, November 15, 2019
Isabella County Community Development

Crime Victim's Rights

You have these rights under the Crime Victims Rights Act of 1985:

If you are the recent victim of a crime please click here for important information that will allow us to assist you and respond to your concerns and questions more quickly.

Click here for our Crime Victims Rights Brochure.
This is a large brochure, so please be patient as it downloads.

Rights Concerning Immediate Needs

  • To be notified by the Police Agency of emergency and medical services
  • To be notified of victims compensation benefits and the address of the Crime Victims Compensation Board
  • To receive an explanation of the eligibility requirements to receive crime victims compensation funds
  • To be notified of the police department's contact number, to determine if the defendant has been released from custody
  • To be notified of the address and the phone number of the Prosecuting Attorney whom you can contact to obtain information about victims rights
  • To have your property which was taken during the investigation promptly returned to you except as otherwise provided by law
  • To receive an explanation of court procedures
  • To receive an explanation of procedures to follow if threatened or intimidated by the defendant

Rights During Prosecution

  • To be present during the entire trial unless you are to be called as a witness
  • To be free from threats or acts of discharge from your employer because you are subpoenaed or requested by the Prosecuting Attorney to testify in court
  • To be provided with a waiting area separate from the defendant, the defendant's relatives and defense witnesses, if practical
  • To consult with the Prosecuting Attorney in order to give your views about the disposition of this crime
  • To receive the name of the person to contact within the Prosecutor's Office for information about your case

Additional Rights During Prosecution, if Requested


  • To receive notice of any scheduled court proceedings and any changes in that schedule
  • To confer with the Prosecuting Attorney prior to the selection of the jury and prior to the trial
  • To receive notice of the address and telephone number of the probation department which is to prepare the pre-sentence report
  • To have your written impact statement included in the pre-sentence report
  • To make an oral impact statement to the pre-sentence investigator
  • To make an oral impact statement at the time of sentencing in court
  • To be notified of the time and place of sentencing

To assist victims in taking advantage of these rights, our office will provide a victim impact statement form for victims to fill out and return to our office. Victims wishing to complete and return an impact statement by internet should call the Prosecutor's Office for information.

Post-Sentencing Rights Provided Upon Written Request:

To take advantage of these rights, you must inform the Sheriff (if defendant was jailed) or the Department of Corrections (if the defendant was sentenced to prison) that you want to be notified. It is important to keep the Sheriff or Department of Corrections informed of your current address.

Isabella County Sheriff's Department
207 N. Court St
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Michigan Department of Corrections
Grandview Plaza
P.O. Box 30003
Lansing, MI 48909

* To be notified if a defendant escapes while awaiting trial, you must notify the Sheriff's Department in writing.