Is a district attorney required to inform the victim of a proposed settlement with the accused?
I believe they are if the victim requests notification. I don't believe they would be if they can't, for example, get in touch with the victim, as sometimes is the case in domestic violence cases. In the deferred settlement agreements that I've negotiated on behalf of my clients, the prosecutor would check with the victim to make sure they were okay with it.
The alleged victim should receive notification of their rights as an alleged victim at the commencement of the case. If they don't respond to that initial mailing, the DA is under no further notification obligations. If you are the alleged victim, and you aren't sure where you stand, contact the victim/witness coordinator in the DA's office.
This answer is provided for general information only. No legal advice can be given without a consult as to the specifics of the case.
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