Victims' Rights

In 1994, Idaho voters added Rights for Crime Victims to the Idaho Constitution. Idaho law also provides victims certain rights.

There Is Help

If you are a victim of a violent crime possible payment of medical bills, lost wages, counseling, funeral bills and more is available through Idaho's Crime Victims' Compensation Program:

  • If you are a victim of rape: The law requires the referring law enforcement agency to pay hospital costs of evidence collection for rape victims.
  • If you are a victim of domestic violence: If there is a threat of further violence by a family or household member you may file for a civil protection order at your county courthouse. They are issued on an emergency basis. There is no charge for this service.

For more information about free service for crime victims contact your local law enforcement or victim advocate agency or contact Fremont County's Victims' Rights Coordinator, at phone: 208-624-4418.


There are two types of charges: misdemeanor and felony. A misdemeanor crime is tried in Magistrate Court and the sentence may be given at the arraignment, (without involvement of the prosecuting attorney), or when the defendant is found guilty. Felonies must be tried in District Court.  See procedure charts misdemeanor and felony.


Sentencing in Idaho varies with the crime and can be the most confusing part of the criminal process. Most often, sentences are at the judge's discretion. Misdemeanor offenses carry a maximum sentence of one year in the county jail. Persons convicted of a felony may be sentenced to probation, county jail, evaluation, or the Idaho State Penitentiary.

Your statement at sentencing is important! If you do not stand up for your rights at sentencing. No one else may!

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