Wheaton Lawyers Protecting Crime Victims' Rights

There is a new law in Illinois that has been long overdue. Passed by the Illinois General Assembly, Statute 725 ILCS 120/4 is now in place to, "Preserve, protect and enforce the rights guaranteed to crime victims by the Illinois Constitution to ensure that crime victims are treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice system."

Crime Victim's Bill Of Rights — Your Voice In The Criminal Justice Process

For too long, people charged with crimes have had strong advocates for their rights. This new statute gives victims hurt by criminal acts the right to have a voice in the process, while retaining their dignity regarding investigations, evidence and testimony.

If you are the victim of a crime in Illinois, talk to a lawyer at Marquardt & Belmonte, P.C., in Wheaton. Our lawyers will review your circumstances and explain how the Victim's Bill of Rights will help you throughout the criminal case against the individual charged with a crime.

Under provisions of the law, crime victims are now allowed to hire an attorney to ensure they have the following rights throughout the criminal proceedings:

  • The right to fairness, respect and privacy, free from intimidation, abuse and harassment
  • The right to be notified of any access to their private and confidential records
  • The right to be notified of times and date of all court proceedings, in a timely manner
  • The right to communication between themselves and the prosecutor
  • The right to speak at post-arraignment hearings in which the victim's rights are under consideration
  • The right to be heard at any post-arraignment proceeding at which decisions will be considered regarding release, plea arrangements or sentencing
  • The right to be notified when the accused has been convicted, sentenced, imprisoned or released from prison
  • The right to a reasonable amount of protection from the accused throughout the criminal process
  • The right to have the victim's safety (and safety of family) taken into consideration at the bail hearing
  • The right to attend the trial and all other court proceedings
  • The right to seek restitution from the accused
  • The right to hire an attorney to advocate for the protection of these rights

We Start To Work The Day You Hire Us

When you hire Marquardt & Belmonte, your attorney will file an appearance on your behalf and ensure the court and state's attorney comply with your rights as a crime victim, including appearing on your behalf in court and seeking monetary restitution when appropriate.

We will also act as your liaison with the state's attorney's office to ensure a free flow of communication exists between you and law enforcement.

Start Protecting Your Rights — Call Us Today

To learn more about your rights, call our offices at 630-517-3279 or toll free at 888-349-0695 or send an email with a brief description of your circumstances.