Victim Assistance

The Victim Assistance program assists victims of crime by providing information on the criminal justice system, victim compensation, and referral to agencies and organizations that can help them get through the ordeal of being a crime victim.

Victim Assistance is offered to all crime victims with rights under Colorado’s Victim Rights Act. A list of qualifying crimes can be found below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to go to all court dates?

It is your decision whether or not to attend court dates. If you receive a subpoena, you must obey the court order or you could be held in contempt of court.

Will the suspect have to pay my medical bills or property damage?

You will receive a victim impact statement from our office asking for the losses you sustained as a victim of crime, as well as input you would like to give the judge regarding sentencing. Once you return the victim impact statement, restitution can be calculated and requested when the defendant has been found guilty or pleads guilty. If you do not return the victim impact statement, restitution will not be ordered. You may also pursue a civil case against the defendant.

When will my property that is being held for evidence be released?

Generally, when the defendant has been found guilty and sentenced, or at the end of the criminal justice process, you will receive a final disposition letter instructing you to contact the appropriate law enforcement agency. Items entered into evidence at trial or hearing cannot be released.

How will I know the next court date?

If you are a victim of a violent crime you will receive a written notification of all critical stage court dates. If you are not a victim of a violent crime you may call the Victim Witness Unit to find out the next court date.

Rights of Victims of Violent Crimes in Colorado

Recognizing that victims are an inherent part of the criminal justice process, the voters of Colorado passed a resolution in November 1992 to include Victim Rights as part of the State's constitution. The Victim Rights Act mandates the Office of the District Attorney to provide certain information and rights to victims of violent crime. Victims have the right to be heard when relevant, informed, and present at all critical stages of the criminal justice process.

Colorado Victim Compensation Program

If you are the victim of a violent crime, you may be eligible for assistance through the Colorado Crime Victim Compensation Program. The funds for this program are collected from the fines paid by convicted defendants. Awards to victims are made by the Crime Victim Compensation Board, whose three members are local citizens appointed by the District Attorney.

Eligibility Requirements for Victim Compensation:

Must be a victim of a compensable crime, a relative of a victim, or a witness at the scene. A compensable crime means an intentional, knowing, reckless, or criminally negligent act of a person that results in residential property damage to or physical or psychological injury to another person or results in loss of or damage to eyeglasses, dentures or other medically necessary devices and which, if committed by a person of full legal capacity, is punishable as a crime in this state. Expanded to include careless driving resulting in death and hit and run resulting in death.

The crime must have been committed in Fremont, Park, Custer, or Chaffee counties.
The law enforcement authorities must be notified within 72 hours.
Application must be filed within one year from the date of the crime.
The victim must cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies and the prosecution.
The injury or the death of the victim was not a result of the victim's wrongful act. The victim must not have provoked the injury.
If the victim has insurance, those benefits must be utilized before compensation funds can be awarded.
The Board may waive some of these requirements in the "interest of justice".

Compensable Losses Include:

Reasonable medical and dental expenses

Mental health counseling & alternatives

Replacement of prosthetic devices

Lost wages/ loss of support to dependents

Burial/funeral expenses

Outpatient care

Homemaker services

Property damage is limited to maximum of $750.00 for replacement of doors, locks or windows on residential property

Emergency assistance

Compensation does NOT cover:

Loss of money or personal property

Damaged or stolen vehicles

Pain and suffering

To apply for Crime Victim Compensation:

Phone 719-269-0170 or go to the District Attorney's Office at 136 Justice Center Road Room 203 in Canon City to obtain an application. For your convenience, you can print out an application.

ARTICLE 4.1. CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION AND VICTIM AND WITNESS RIGHTS  
PART 3. GUIDELINES FOR ASSURING THE RIGHTS OF VICTIMS OF AND WITNESSES TO CRIMES


C.R.S. 24-4.1-302 (2016)

24-4.1-302. Definitions



As used in this part 3, and for no other purpose, including the expansion of the rights of any defendant:



(1) "Crime" means any of the following offenses, acts, and violations as defined by the statutes of the state of Colorado, whether committed by an adult or a juvenile:



(a) Murder in the first degree, in violation of section 18-3-102, C.R.S.;



(b) Murder in the second degree, in violation of section 18-3-103, C.R.S.;



(c) Manslaughter, in violation of section 18-3-104, C.R.S.;



(d) Criminally negligent homicide, in violation of section 18-3-105, C.R.S.;



(e) Vehicular homicide, in violation of section 18-3-106, C.R.S.;



(f) Assault in the first degree, in violation of section 18-3-202, C.R.S.;



(g) Assault in the second degree, in violation of section 18-3-203, C.R.S.;



(h) Assault in the third degree, in violation of section 18-3-204, C.R.S.;



(i) Vehicular assault, in violation of section 18-3-205, C.R.S.;



(j) Menacing, in violation of section 18-3-206, C.R.S.;



(k) (Deleted by amendment, L. 95, p. 1256, § 22, effective July 1, 1995.)



(l) First degree kidnapping, in violation of section 18-3-301, C.R.S.;



(m) Second degree kidnapping, in violation of section 18-3-302, C.R.S.;



(n) (I) Sexual assault, in violation of section 18-3-402, C.R.S.; or



(II) Sexual assault in the first degree, in violation of section 18-3-402, C.R.S., as it existed prior to July 1, 2000;



(o) Sexual assault in the second degree, in violation of section 18-3-403, C.R.S., as it existed prior to July 1, 2000;



(p) (I) Unlawful sexual contact, in violation of section 18-3-404, C.R.S.; or



(II) Sexual assault in the third degree, in violation of section 18-3-404, C.R.S., as it existed prior to July 1, 2000;



(q) Sexual assault on a child, in violation of section 18-3-405, C.R.S.;



(r) Sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, in violation of section 18-3-405.3, C.R.S.;



(s) Sexual assault on a client by a psychotherapist, in violation of section 18-3-405.5, C.R.S.;



(s.3) Invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, in violation of section 18-3-405.6, C.R.S.;



(t) Robbery, in violation of section 18-4-301, C.R.S.;



(u) Aggravated robbery, in violation of section 18-4-302, C.R.S.;



(v) Aggravated robbery of controlled substances, in violation of section 18-4-303, C.R.S.;



(w) Repealed.



(x) Incest, in violation of section 18-6-301, C.R.S.;



(y) Aggravated incest, in violation of section 18-6-302, C.R.S.;



(z) Child abuse, in violation of section 18-6-401, C.R.S.;



(aa) Sexual exploitation of children, in violation of section 18-6-403, C.R.S.;



(bb) Crimes against at-risk adults or at-risk juveniles, in violation of section 18-6.5-103, C.R.S.;



(bb.3) Any crime identified by law enforcement prior to the filing of charges as domestic violence, as defined in section 18-6-800.3 (1), C.R.S.;



(bb.7) An act identified by a district attorney in a formal criminal charge as domestic violence, as defined in section 18-6-800.3 (1), C.R.S.;



(cc) Any crime, the underlying factual basis of which has been found by the court on the record to include an act of domestic violence, as defined in section 18-6-800.3 (1), C.R.S., pursuant to section 18-6-801 (1), C.R.S.;



(cc.1) (I) Stalking, in violation of section 18-3-602, C.R.S.;



(II) Stalking, in violation of section 18-9-111 (4), C.R.S., as it existed prior to August 11, 2010;



(cc.3) A bias-motivated crime, in violation of section 18-9-121, C.R.S.;



(cc.5) Careless driving, in violation of section 42-4-1402, C.R.S., that results in the death of another person;



(cc.6) Failure to stop at the scene of an accident, in violation of section 42-4-1601, C.R.S., where the accident results in the death of another person;



(dd) Any criminal attempt, as described in section 18-2-101, C.R.S., any conspiracy, as described in section 18-2-201, C.R.S., any criminal solicitation, as described in section 18-2-301, C.R.S., and any accessory to a crime, as described in section 18-8-105, C.R.S., involving any of the crimes specified in this subsection (1);



(ee) Retaliation against a witness or victim, in violation of section 18-8-706, C.R.S.;



(ee.3) Intimidating a witness or a victim, in violation of section 18-8-704, C.R.S.;



(ee.7) Aggravated intimidation of a witness or a victim, in violation of section 18-8-705, C.R.S.;



(ff) Tampering with a witness or victim, in violation of section 18-8-707, C.R.S.;



(gg) Indecent exposure, in violation of section 18-7-302, C.R.S.;



(hh) Violation of a protection order issued under section 18-1-1001, C.R.S., against a person charged with committing sexual assault, in violation of section 18-3-402, C.R.S.; sexual assault on a child, in violation of section 18-3-405, C.R.S.; sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, in violation of section 18-3-405.3, C.R.S.; or sexual assault on a client by a psychotherapist, in violation of section 18-3-405.5, C.R.S.;



(ii) Human trafficking in violation of section 18-3-503 or 18-3-504, C.R.S.;



(jj) First degree burglary, in violation of section 18-4-202, C.R.S.;



(kk) Retaliation against a judge, in violation of section 18-8-615, C.R.S.; retaliation against a prosecutor, in violation of section 18-8-616, C.R.S.; or retaliation against a juror, in violation of section 18-8-706.5, C.R.S.;



(ll) Child prostitution, in violation of section 18-7-401, C.R.S.; soliciting for child prostitution, in violation of section 18-7-402, C.R.S.; procurement of a child for sexual exploitation, in violation of section 18-6-404, C.R.S.; pimping of a child, in violation of section 18-7-405, C.R.S.; inducement of child prostitution, in violation of section 18-7-405.5, C.R.S.; or patronizing a prostituted child, in violation of section 18-7-406, C.R.S.