Crime victims are often victimized again as they have to relive the incident during the grind of a criminal trial. That’s why it is so important for victims to work with a victim’s rights attorney.
As a victim’s rights attorney can explain to you, the criminal process can be extremely long and difficult. Depending upon the facts of the case, the victim of the crime may be subject to criticism and even threats from relatives of the criminal defendant.
There are laws in California that protect crime victims from abuse and threats. These laws help ensure that a victim’s personal information remains private and that associates of the criminal defendant cannot harass or intimidate the victim.
If you are being threatened by the criminal defendant, you should talk to a victim’s rights attorney immediately.
There are explicit provisions in Marsy’s Law that prevent the disclosure of a victim’s private information to the defendant. As your victim’s rights lawyer can explain to you, this includes prohibiting the disclosure of private information to the defendant’s lawyer, defendant’s representatives, family members, and other associates.
The types of private information that are protected include any information that may be used to identify or locate the victim, family members of the victim, and even where the victim works. In addition, confidential information regarding medical conditions, treatments, and other privileged information is also protected.
A victim’s rights attorney commonly works to protect information such as:
• Full names and addresses of the victim and victim’s family members
• Phone numbers, email addresses, and other contact information
• Social Security numbers
• Workplace and occupation information for the victim
• Any other information that is confidential and may be identifying
If you have any questions regarding whether your private information should be protected, contact a victim’s rights attorney.
Confidentiality and protecting a victim’s identifying information is one of the key protections of Marsy’s Law. However, there are many other protections in the Victim’s Bill of Rights that your victim’s rights lawyer can explain to you. If you have any questions regarding your rights, contact victim’s rights attorney Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055.