A. Every contract, whether written or oral, express or implied, with an accused with respect to the reenactment, description or depiction of a crime by movie, book, article, radio or television presentation, internet or on-line presentation or depiction, live entertainment or expression of thoughts, feelings, opinions or emotions is contrary to public policy and void unless the contract provides for payment to the commission of any monies that would be paid to the accused for such information or rights.
B. The commission shall deposit the monies received pursuant to subsection A from the contracts or agreements of each accused, for each crime committed by the accused, in a separate account designated as a crime victim account. The money shall be distributed as determined by the commission to any victim of the crime committed by the accused if both of the following apply:
1. The accused is convicted of or adjudicated delinquent for the crime.
2. The victim, within five years after the date of establishment of the account, applies to the commission for compensation and demonstrates by sufficient reliable evidence, as determined by the commission, that the victim has suffered a loss resulting from such crime and the amount of such loss.
C. The commission, at least once every year for five years from the date of receipt of monies pursuant to subsection B, shall publish a legal notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the crime was committed and in counties contiguous to such county advising all victims for which monies have been received that funds are available to satisfy money judgments pursuant to this section. The notice shall identify the accused, describe the criminal act involved and the proceedings against the accused and state the procedure to be followed for recovery of monies pursuant to subsection B. No reference to the identity of the victim shall be made. The commission, in its discretion, may provide for such additional notice as it deems necessary.
D. On disposition of charges favorable to an accused, the commission shall immediately pay any monies in the account owing to such person.
E. After five years have elapsed following the establishment of the account pursuant to subsection B and on a showing that no applications for compensation are pending pursuant to this section, the commission shall immediately pay any monies in the account to the state general fund.
F. For the purposes of this section, a person who is found guilty except insane pursuant to rule 23.2, Arizona rules of criminal procedure, is deemed to be a convicted person.
G. If it is found, pursuant to rule 11, Arizona rules of criminal procedure, that a person who is accused of a crime is unfit to proceed as a result of a mental illness or defect because the person lacks the capacity to understand the proceedings against the person or to assist in the person’s own defense, the commission shall bring an action of interpleader pursuant to rule 22, Arizona rules of civil procedure, to determine disposition of the escrow account.
H. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the five-year period provided for in subsection B does not begin to run until an account is established.
I. Notwithstanding subsections B through F the commission shall make payments from the account to any accused on the order of a court of competent jurisdiction after a showing by the accused that the money will be used for the sole purpose of retaining legal representation at any stage of the proceedings against the accused.
J. An action taken by any person, whether by execution of a power of attorney, creation of a corporate entity or otherwise, to defeat the purpose of this section shall be null and void as against the public policy of this state.
K. The cost of administering the account and monies in the account shall be reimbursed to the industrial commission from the account.
L. Any person who enters into a contract described in subsection A that does not comply with this section shall be liable to the state for deposit in the crime victim account of an amount equal to all monies paid or received including monies paid to or received by another person by execution of a power of attorney, creation of a corporate entity or otherwise, which execution was done to defeat the purposes of this section.
M. For the purposes of this section, "loss" includes the value of any property damaged, destroyed or taken, the cost of medical treatment or counseling, lost wages and any other damage suffered as a result of the crime.