Victim Rights Act

Victim Rights Act

If you are a victim of a crime covered by the Colorado Crime Victim Rights Act, you are entitled to some core rights:

  • To be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity;
  • To be informed of all "critical stages" of the criminal justice process (victims must request notification, in writing, for post-sentencing critical stages); and,
  • To be present and heard at specified critical stages in the criminal justice process.

Click here for a complete listing of your rights (C.R.S. 24-4.1-301 through 24-4.1-304)

7th Judicial District Gunnison County Law Enforcement Victim Services (VRA) Brochure – English (PDF)

7th Judicial District Gunnison County Law Enforcement Victim Services (VRA) Brochure – Español (PDF)

Colorado Division of Criminal Justice website - Victim Rights Act (VRA; multilingual PDFs)

Crimes Covered Under the Victim Rights Act

The Constitution of the State of Colorado and the laws of the state [Section 24-4.1-302(1) C.R.S] guarantee certain rights to victims of the following criminal acts.  If a victim is deceased or incapacitated, these rights may be exercised by the victim’s spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, significant other, or other lawful representative.

Crimes that Fall under the Colorado Victim Rights Act

  • Murder;
  • Manslaughter;
  • Criminally negligent homicide and vehicular homicide;
  • Assault;
  • Menacing;
  • Kidnapping;
  • Sexual assault;
  • Incest and aggravated incest;
  • Child abuse;
  • Sexual exploitation of children;
  • Crimes involving child prostitution;
  • Crimes against at-risk adults and at-risk juveniles;
  • Indecent exposure;
  • Violation of a criminal protection order issued against a person charged with sexual assault;
  • Robbery—aggravated, aggravated of a controlled substance;
  • Crimes for which the underlying foundation has been determined to be domestic violence;
  • Careless driving that results in the death of another person;
  • Failure to stop at the scene of an accident that results in the death of another person;
  • Stalking;
  • Human trafficking;
  • First degree burglary;
  • Invasion of privacy for sexual gratification;
  • A Bias motivated crime;
  • Retaliation against a victim or witness;
  • Tampering with a victim or witness;
  • Intimidation and aggravated intimidation of a victim or witness;
  • Retaliation against a judge, prosecutor, or juror;
  • Any criminal attempt, conspiracy, criminal solicitation, or accessory involving any of the crimes specified above.