You may have been the victim of a violent crime, or witnessed one. Because of that, you have certain protections and rights. These include the following eleven rights.
1. You can have everything about this case explained in ways you understand.
2. You can have a child advocate with you when a prosecuting attorney or a defense lawyer talks to you about what happened.
3. You can have a safe place to wait for court if there is a trial, and have an advocate with you.
4. Police officers and prosecutors will not publicly release your name or address except as required in official court papers. Your picture, if there is one, will not be released.
5. You can have an advocate help you tell the prosecutor whether you can help in the case, and how you feel about it.
6. You can have an advocate tell the judge if you do not understand what is going on in the trial, if there is one.
7. You can have a list of places and people who can help you deal with what happened.
8. You can have an advocate with you in court, if there is a trial.
9. You can let the judge know what would help you feel safe in court, if there is a trial–or the advocate can let the judge know for you.
10. The police can ask people who work with children to help when they are talking to you about what happened.
11. You can have these rules in writing.