What specific rights does Marsy’s Law in Oklahoma ensure victims of crime?
The passage of Marsy’s Law/SQ 794 added the following rights for victims to the Oklahoma Constitution:
- The right to be treated with fairness and respect for the victim's safety, dignity and privacy;
- The right, upon request, to be provided with reasonable and timely notice of and to be present at all proceedings involving the criminal or delinquent conduct;
- The right to be heard in any proceeding involving release, plea, sentencing, disposition, parole and any proceeding during which a right of the victim is implicated;
- The right to reasonable protection; upon request,
- The right to reasonable notice of any release or escape of an accused;
- The right to refuse an interview or other request made by the accused or any person acting on behalf of the accused, unless subpoenaed by defense counsel
- The right to full and timely restitution;
- The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay and a prompt conclusion of the case;
- The right, upon request, to confer with the attorney for the state;
- The right to be informed of all rights enumerated above.
Furthermore, the Constitution gives victims the right to seek enforcement of those rights before a court if they believe their rights have been violated.