Navigating the complex world of criminal law can be overwhelming, especially when you’re on the defense side. In Colorado, understanding the Victims Rights Act (VRA) is crucial for both victims and defendants. The VRA is supposed to ensure that victims have a voice in the criminal legal process. But what does this mean if you’re a defendant?
The VRA impacts how your case proceeds, from the investigation stage right through to sentencing and beyond. Crimes under the Victim’s Rights Act often have mandated protocols that law enforcement and courts must follow, which can potentially affect the timelines, court procedures, and the presentation of evidence. By understanding the VRA, you equip yourself with valuable knowledge that can help shape your defense strategy.
But what crimes or charges are subject to the Victim’s Rights Act? Below we’ve compiled a list of every charge that falls under VRA.