It’s unfortunate but true; in the United States, offenders often have more rights than victims. While the State of Ohio has made progress over the years in addressing the needs of victims through legal means, there is still a long way to go. Below are links to the most current legislation which is often referred to as Marsy’s Law and/or the Ohio Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights:
In general, we believe that these laws emphasize “fairness and respect for the victim’s safety, dignity, and privacy.” As recently as April 2023, these laws have been revised through the efforts of numerous victim advocates and legislators across the state. The information provided below is not legal advice but rather resources to help you understand your rights and the options available if they are violated.
Automatic Rights – You Do Not Need To Request These Rights
Rights That Must Be Requested
The Ohio Crime Justice Center is an Ohio-based nonprofit organization helping victims whose rights are violated, seek legal remedies to enforce the rights they are afforded. Services include both self-guided toolkits as well as free legal representation.