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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 12. Code of Criminal Procedure
- Chapter 61. Rights of Victims; Protection of Victims and Witnesses
- Section 10. Rights of Crime Victims.
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AS 12.61.010. Rights of Crime Victims.
- (a) Victims of crimes have the following rights:
- (1) the right to be present during any proceeding in
- (A) the prosecution and sentencing of a defendant if the defendant has the right to be present, including being present
during testimony even if the victim is likely to be called as a witness;
- (B) the adjudication of a minor as provided under AS 47.12.110
- (2) the right to be notified by the appropriate law enforcement agency or the prosecuting attorney of the date of trial,
sentencing, including a proceeding before a three-judge panel under AS 12.55.175
, an appeal, and any hearing in which the defendant's release from custody is considered;
- (3) the right to be notified that a sentencing hearing or a court proceeding to which the victim has been subpoenaed will
not occur as scheduled;
- (4) the right to receive protection from harm and threats of harm arising out of cooperation with law enforcement and
prosecution efforts and to be provided with information as to the protection available;
- (5) the right to be notified of the procedure to be followed to apply for and receive any compensation under AS 18.67;
- (6) at the request of the prosecution or a law enforcement agency, the right to cooperate with the criminal justice
process without loss of pay and other employee benefits except as authorized by AS 12.61.017
and without interference in any form by the employer of the victim of crime;
- (7) the right to obtain access to immediate medical assistance and not to be detained for an unreasonable length of time
by a law enforcement agency before having medical assistance administered; however, an employee of the law enforcement
agency may, if necessary, accompany the person to a medical facility to question the person about the criminal incident
if the questioning does not hinder the administration of medical assistance;
- (8) the right to make a written or oral statement for use in preparation of the presentence report of a felony defendant;
- (9) the right to appear personally at the defendant's sentencing hearing to present a written statement and to give sworn
testimony or an unsworn oral presentation;
- (10) the right to be informed by the prosecuting attorney, at any time after the defendant's conviction, about the complete
record of the defendant's convictions;
- (11) the right to notice under AS 12.47.095
concerning the status of the defendant found not guilty by reason of insanity;
- (12) the right to notice under AS 33.16.087
of a hearing concerning special medical parole of the defendant;
- (13) the right to notice under AS 33.16.120
of a hearing to consider or review discretionary parole of the defendant;
- (14) the right to notice under AS 33.30.013
of the release or escape of the defendant; and
- (15) the right to be notified orally and in writing of and receive information about the office of victims' rights from the
law enforcement officer initially investigating the crime and from the prosecuting attorney assigned to the offense; at
a minimum, the information provided must include the address, telephone number, and Internet address of the office of
victims' rights; this paragraph
- (A) applies only to victims of felonies and to victims of class A misdemeanors if the class A misdemeanor is a crime
involving domestic violence or a crime against a person under AS 11.41; if the victim is an unemancipated minor, the law enforcement
officer and the prosecuting attorney shall also provide the notice required by this paragraph to the parent or guardian
of the minor;
- (B) is satisfied if, at the time of initial contact with the crime victim, the investigating officer and prosecuting
attorney each give each crime victim a brochure or other written material prepared by the office of victims' rights and
provided to law enforcement agencies for that purpose.
- (b) Law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, corrections agencies, social services agencies, and the courts shall make every
reasonable effort to ensure that victims of crimes have the rights set out in (a) of this section. However, a failure
to ensure these rights does not give rise to a separate cause of action against law enforcement agencies, other
agencies of the state, or a political subdivision of the state.
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