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Knowing Your Rights

If you have been the victim of a crime in Arizona, you have certain rights while justice is being served. Many of our clients who have been the victims of crimes like hit and run accidents, DUI accidents, and nursing home abuse may not understand their rights to the fullest extent.  If you or a loved one has been a victim of a crime in Arizona, read on to see what rights you have, and if you need representation don’t hesitate to call us.

The injury attorneys at Thompson Law Firm in Phoenix have significant experience in helping clients who have been victims of a crime.  Our offices are conveniently located in ChandlerPeoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.

By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like getting a rental car very soon and finding a nearby doctor who can help you. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people.

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Your Rights

Your rights if you have been a victim of a crime in Arizona break down into 3 categories: Safety, Knowledge, and Due Process.


As a victim of a crime in Arizona, you have the right to:

  • Keep your contact information confidential
  • Be notified of scheduled and unscheduled release dates and escapes
  • Be kept separate from the defendant
  • Petition the defendant’s release
  • Be present and informed of all criminal proceedings when the defendant has the legal right to be present
  • Speak with the prosecutor
  • Be treated with dignity and respect


As a victim of a crime in Arizona, you have the right to be informed:

  • Of all of your rights as a victim, as well as the knowledge of how to assert those rights
  • Of services that are available to you, including crisis intervention, medical and emergency services, victim assistance programs, and domestic violence resources

Due Process

As a victim of a crime in Arizona, you have the right to participate in the criminal justice process, which includes the ability to:

  • Receive notice of all court proceedings
  • Be heard at all release, plea, and sentencing proceedings
  • Have the court order restitution/financial compensation
  • A speedy trial

You have the right to request:

  • A copy of the conditions of the accused’s release
  • Notice of release on bond
  • Notice of all court proceedings
  • That your personal property be returned
  • To be advised of the sentence imposed
  • Notification of any probation revocation or proceeding

At the Thompson Law Firm, we have more than 10 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries, including those who have been victims of crimes. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office.

If you have been in a car accident or experienced nursing home abuse, contact Thompson Law Firm in Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in the greater Phoenix area including ChandlerGilbertMesaScottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.

Leveraging our 20+ years of winning claims against goliath insurance companies, we know how to move heaven and earth to get you fairly compensated.  We know that only then will you be able to close this painful chapter and start a new one, stronger and bolder than before. 

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Our experienced attorneys offer comprehensive guidance on all personal injury matters by phone or video conference call.

Our team of lawyers work closely with their injury clients across Arizona, communicating clearly whilst offering reassurance and empathy through an often very difficult and emotional process. During the free consultation, our lawyers will discuss your concerns before creating a comprehensive plan for you, while also assessing the strength of your claim.

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