Tennessee Constitution Article I, § 35 affords these basic rights: 1. The right to confer with the prosecution. 2. The right to be free from intimidation, harassment and abuse throughout the criminal justice system. 3. The right to be present at all proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present. 4. The right to be heard, when relevant, at critical stages of the criminal justice process as defined by the General Assembly. 5. The right to be informed of all proceedings, and of the release, transfer or escape of the accused or convicted person. 6. The right to a speedy trial or disposition and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction or sentence. 7. The right to restitution from the offender. 8. The right to be informed of each of the rights established for victims.
Additionally, The State of Tennessee has a fund to reimburse innocent victims of violent crimes or their dependents who have suffered out-of-pocket expenses due to physical injuries, loss of income, or death.
`A written claim must be filed within one (1) year after the date of the criminal offense. `The victim must report the crime to the proper authorities within 48 hours after it occurred. `The victim must fully cooperate with law enforcement officials throughout the investigation and prosecution of the defendant(s). `A person may not be eligible for these benefits if (s)he contributed to his or her own victimization in anyway, such as participating in the criminal act which led to injury or death. `This fund does not pay for personal property that was stolen or destroyed by a crime. `For additional information about filing for victim’s compensation, call the Division of Claims Administration at (615) 741-2734 or visit the website of the Tennessee Department of Treasury.