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Title 33 : Human Services

Chapter 051 : General Provisions

(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 5129)
  • § 5129. Information from law enforcement agency

    (a) Information to all victims in juvenile and youthful offender proceedings. After initial contact between a victim and a law enforcement agency responsible for investigating the offense, the agency shall promptly give in writing to the victim:

    (1) an explanation of the victim’s rights under this chapter and chapters 52 and 52A of this title; and

    (2) information concerning the availability of:

    (A) assistance to victims, including medical, housing, counseling, and emergency services;

    (B) compensation for victims under 13 V.S.A. chapter 167 and the name, street address, and telephone number of the Center for Crime Victim Services;

    (C) protection for the victim, including protective court orders; and

    (D) access by the victim and the offender to records related to the case that are public under the provisions of 1 V.S.A. chapter 5, subchapter 3 (access to public records).

    (b) Information to victims of listed crimes. As soon as practicable, the law enforcement agency shall use reasonable efforts to give to the victim of a listed crime, as relevant, all of the following:

    (1) information as to the offender’s identity unless inconsistent with law enforcement purposes;

    (2) information as to whether the offender has been taken into custody;

    (3) the file number of the case and the name, office street address, and telephone number of the law enforcement officer currently assigned to investigate the case;

    (4) the prosecutor’s name, office street address, and telephone number;

    (5) an explanation that no individual is under an obligation to respond to questions that may be asked outside a courtroom or deposition; and

    (6) information concerning any conditions of release imposed on the offender prior to an initial court appearance, unless otherwise limited by court order. (Added 2021, No. 160 (Adj. Sess.), § 8, eff. June 1, 2022.)