Victims of crime in Arizona have a right to receive restitution and to be compensated for loss resulting
from crimes committed against them.
in its constitution that guarantees these rights.
To qualify as a victim, a person (or legal entity) must be named in the police report as the person against
whom a juvenile has been charged with a delinquent act.
The laws describing the rights of victims of juvenile crime in Arizona are in ARS 8:381 through 8:420.
At the Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Department, helping victims with restitution and compensation is
the responsibility of the Victim Rights Coordinator and the Probation Officer.
3131 W. DurangoThe Victim Rights Coordinator contacts every victim of a crime that a juvenile
is accused of committing. Usually, this is done by letter, a few days after the report is received from the
police. The letter advises victims of scheduled hearings and other developments in their case, such as the
juvenile's release from detention or placement in a treatment program.
After the juvenile has been found guilty, the victim is sent a
Verified Victim Statement
and notification of
the day and time of the juvenile's next hearing. If the victim wants restitution, he should:
Send the statement, receipts, and your address to:
- Complete the Verified Victim Statement
- Have your signature notarized
- Attach receipts proving loss
Clerk of the Court
It is also recommended that the victim attend the hearing.
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Phoenix, AZ 85009
The pamphlet Restitution: a Help Guide has more details about how to get restitution - and it can be
Sometimes juveniles may not have to appear in court for their offense. This happens with less serious
offenses. In these cases a victim can still get restitution. The probation officer will advise the victim
by letter of the date and time when the juvenile is scheduled to meet with the probation officer. The
victim may attend that meeting and speak his piece about the incident. The victim will also be advised of
further developments in the case - whether restitution is assigned and whether the juvenile complies with
the restitution requirement.