Victim Assistance

As a victim, you have the right:

  • To have your property returned by law enforcement agencies as soon as it is no longer needed as evidence.
  • To be notified of the date and time of all court proceedings in this case and to be present at those proceedings.
  • To communicate with the prosecutor and be advised of a possible plea agreement by the prosecuting attorney prior to entering  into a plea agreement.
  • To refuse an interview or other contact by the defendant or  by any persons acting on behalf of the defendant unless the Court orders otherwise.
  • To express your feelings to the Judge about the affect the  crime has had on your life, either in a pre-sentence report given to the Judge or directly to the Judge under oath at the time of sentencing.
  • To read the pre-sentence report prior to sentencing.
  • To be informed of the outcome of the case, including appeal.
  • To be notified by the Commission for Pardons and Parole of  relevant parole or commutation hearings, and have the opportunity to  address the Commission, either in person or in writing.
  • To be notified whenever the defendant is released or escapes custody.

For further information about your rights, contact Moscow Police Department at 208-882-COPS (2677).

Sexual Assault Response Commitment

Sexual Assault, including acquaintance and date rape, is a very serious concern of the Moscow Police Department and the University of Idaho. If you are a victim of a sexual assault, the Moscow Police Department and the University of Idaho are committed to the following:

  • We will treat you and your particular case with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity, understanding and professionalism.
  • Our officers will not prejudge you, nor will you be blamed for what occurred.
  • We will meet with you privately, at a time and local place of your choice, to take your report.
  • If you would feel more comfortable talking to us with an advocate or friend present, we will do our best to contact such a person for you.
  • We will assist you in arranging for any necessary hospital  treatment or other medical needs. We will also assist you in obtaining emergency housing, if needed.
  • We will fully investigate your case and help you to achieve  the best outcome. This may involve the arrest and full prosecution of  the suspect responsible. You will be kept up-to-date on the progress of  the investigation and/or prosecution.
  • We will assist you in privately contacting counseling and other available resources.
  • We will continue to be available to answer your questions, to explain the system and process involved (prosecutor, courts, etc.)  and to be a listening ear, if you wish.
  • We will consider your case seriously regardless of your gender or the gender or status of the suspect.
  • We will inform you of your rights as a victim, including your right to be present at hearings or court actions regarding your case.