The Victim's Rights Act was added to the Colorado Constitution in 1992. It states that "Any person who is a victim of a criminal act or such person’s designee, legal guardian, or surviving immediate family members if such person is deceased, shall have the right to be heard when relevant, informed and present at all critical stages of the criminal justice process. " Article II, Section l6A Colorado State Constitution.
However strange it may seem for an attorney that represents defendants to also represent victims, it is actually more natural than it seems. April has had to deal with and observed hundreds of cases in which the Prosecutor either didn't believe the victim or even proceeded to prosecute cases despite the victim's wishes. The Victim's Rights Act does not require the Prosecution to follow the victim's desires, just that their input is received and then stated to the Judge. If you are a victim of a crime and despite the Victim's Rights Act don't feel that you are being heard, please reach out to us. We can represent you and provide a passionate voice in court as well as speak with the prosecutor to push for the victim's voice to be heard, respected, and taken in to consideration.
Crimes that fall under the Victim's Right's Act include:
- Vehicular Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Child Abuse
- Any Domestic Violence Offense
- Careless Driving with Injury