In the State of Nebraska, victims of crime have a constitutional right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect; and to be free from intimidation, harassment, or abuse throughout the criminal justice process (see Amended Section 81-1848, Revised Statutes Reissue, 1981).
Victims have the right to:
- Be notified of scheduled court dates and other proceedings.
- Be informed about financial assistance and other social services available as a result of being a witness to or victim of a crime, including information on how to apply for assistance and services.
- Be provided, whenever possible, a secure waiting area during court proceedings that does not require close proximity to defendants, their families, or friends.
- Have property expeditiously returned by law enforcement when it is no longer needed as evidence.
- Make a written or oral impact statement at a sentencing proceedings, Board of Parole, pardon or commutation hearing, or for use in a probation presentence investigation report.
- Be entitled to a speedy disposition of the case in which they are involved in as a victim or a witness.
- Be informed by local law enforcement agencies and the County Attorney on the status and final disposition of the case.
- Be provided appropriate employer intercession services to insure that employers cooperate with the criminal justice process in order to minimize loss of pay and other benefits resulting from court appearances.
- Have family members of all homicide victims afforded all of the rights of this Act.
If you are a victim of sexual assault, you have additional rights available to you. Please see the document here
. If you have questions about your rights or reporting options, please reach out to an advocate at (308) 233-5263.
Victim’s Guide to the Nebraska Criminal Justice System