Oregon Statutes - Chapter 147 - Victims of Crime and Acts of Mass Destruction - Section 147.417 - Victim to be notified of constitutional rights.

(1) As soon as is reasonably practicable in a criminal action in which there is a victim, a law enforcement agency shall notify a person who reasonably appears to be a victim of the offense of the person’s rights under section 42, Article I of the Oregon Constitution. The notice may be verbal or written. If exercise of any of the rights depends upon the victim making a request, the law enforcement agency shall include in the notice the time period in which the victim is required to make the request. A law enforcement agency satisfies the requirements of this section if the law enforcement agency:

(a) Provides notice to the victim named in the accusatory instrument, the victim’s guardian or, in a homicide case, the victim’s next of kin; and

(b) Presents, if written notice is given, the notice directly to the victim or sends the notice to the last address given to the law enforcement agency by the victim.

(2) Failure by a law enforcement agency to properly notify the victim as required by this section is not grounds for setting aside a conviction or withdrawing a plea. However, nothing in this section justifies such a failure.

(3)(a) As used in this section, “law enforcement agency” means the police agency that initially responds in the case, the police agency that investigates the case or the district attorney who prosecutes the case.

(b) The district attorney shall determine if the notice required by this section has been given and, if not, shall provide the notice. [1997 c.313 §5]

Note: 147.417, 147.419 and 147.421 were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 147 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

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