The mission of the Gila County Attorney’s Office of Victim Services is to assist victims of crime in a timely, efficient and compassionate manner; to advocate for the protection of their rights, understanding of those rights and procedures for exercising those rights.
The Arizona Victims' Bill of Rights passed by voters in 1990 made Arizona the first state to have a comprehensive constitutional bill of rights for victims. Ensuring that victims are not re-victimized by the criminal justice system is one of our top priorities at the Gila County Attorney's Office.
Victim Advocates are available to assist victims of all crimes prosecuted by the County Attorney's Office. In 2011, our advocates served more than 1,600 victims and helped them get through the judicial process and on with their lives.
WHO IS A VICTIM?
"Victim" means a person against whom the criminal offense has been committed, including a minor, or if the person is killed or incapacitated, the person's spouse, parent, child, grandparent or sibling, any other person related to the person by consanguinity or affinity to the second degree or any other lawful representative of the person, except if the person or the person's spouse, parent, child, grandparent, sibling, other person related to the person by consanguinity or affinity to the second degree or other lawful representative is in custody for an offense or is the accused. ( A.R.S. § 13-4401(19))
Criminal and juvenile justice statutes allow a victim who is physically or emotionally unable to exercise any right but is able to designate a lawful representative who is not a bona fide witness; the designated person may exercise the same rights that the victim is entitled to exercise. The victim may revoke this designation at any time and exercise the victim's rights.
If a victim is incompetent, deceased or otherwise incapable of designating another person to act in the victim's place, the court may appoint a lawful representative who is not a witness. If at any time the victim is no longer incompetent, incapacitated or otherwise incapable of acting, the victim may personally exercise the victim's rights.
Although legal entities and neighborhood associations can be considered victims, their rights under Arizona law are limited.