Gonzales Regional Children's Advocacy Center
Gonzales and Lavaca
1604 St. Paul St., Gonzales, Tx 78629  Phone 830-672-1278
Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas
National Children's Alliance
A 501 (C) (3) Tax exempt organization
To restore the dignity, hope
and security to children of
Gonzales, Lavaca and
surrounding counties by uniting
public officials and our

As a victim of a violent crime, as the guardian of a victim, or as the close relative of a deceased victim, you have certain rights in the
Texas criminal justice system.  Among these are:

1.  The right to PROTECTION from harm and threats of harm arising from cooperation with prosecution efforts.
2.  The right to have your SAFETY, and that of your family, taken into consideration when bail is being considered.
3.  The right to be INFORMED about court proceedings, including cancellations or rescheduling upon request
4.  The right to INFORMATION about procedures in criminal investigations and in the criminal justice system
5.  The right to receive INFORMATION about the Texas Crime Victims Compensation Fund and referral to available social service
6.  The right to provide INFORMATION to a probation department conducting a pre-sentence investigation about the impact of the
offense upon you and your family
7.  The right to have the law enforcement agency that requests a medical examination of a victim of an alleged sexual assault PAY
all costs of the examination only
8.  The right to be NOTIFIED about parole proceedings, to participate in the parole process, and to be notified of the inmate’s
9.  The right to be PRESENT at all public court proceedings related to the offense, if the presiding judge approves
10.The right to a SAFE waiting area before and during court proceedings
11.The right to prompt RETURN of any property that is no longer needed as evidence
12.The right to have the prosecutor NOTIFY your employer that the need for your testimony may involve your absence from work
13. The right to COMPLETE a Victim Impact Statement, detailing the impact of the offense upon you and your family, and to have that
statement considered during sentencing and any parole action
14. The right to COUNSELING, on request, regarding AIDS and HIV infection and testing for AIDS and HIV related infections, if the
offense is a sexual offense or sexual assault.

NOTE:  Article 56 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure states: “A judge, attorney for the state, peace officer, or law enforcement
agency is not liable for a failure or inability to provide a right enumerated in this article.”
Crime Victims Bill of Rights