Florida Crime Victim Bill of Rights

 

Victims of crime or their lawful representatives, including the next of kin of homicide victims, are entitled to the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant, at all crucial stages of criminal proceedings, to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.

Florida Constitutional Amendment, Article I

Sec. 16. Rights of accused and of victims

(a) In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall, upon demand, be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation against him, and shall be furnished a copy of the charges, and shall have the right to have compulsory process for witnesses, to confront at trial adverse witnesses, to be heard in person, by counsel or both, and to have a speedy and public trial by impartial jury in the county where the crime was committed. If the county is not known, the indictment or information may charge venue in two or more counties conjunctively and proof that the crime was committed in that area shall be sufficient; but before pleading the accused may elect in which of those counties he will be tried. Venue for prosecution of crimes committed beyond the boundaries of the state shall be fixed by law.

(b) Victims of crime or their lawful representatives, including the next of kin of homicide victims, are entitled to the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant, at all crucial stages of criminal proceedings, to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.

Also see: Florida Statutes Chapter 960 - Victim Assistance: 960.001 Guidelines for fair treatment of victims.

 

 

Victim Services 24-Hour Hotline - (800) 569-7273

The State Attorney Victim Services Division has a 24-hour Hotline.
If you are a victim and would like to speak with someone,
call the Hotline any time day or night and a Victim Advocate will assist you.

 

24-Hour Rape Crisis Line - 1-866-828-7273 (RAPE)

If you are a sexual violence victim and would like to speak with someone,
call the Rape Crisis Line any time day or night and a Victim Advocate will assist you.
According to Florida Statute, this is a Confidential Call.

 

For the Sexual Assault Assistance Program of the Treasure Coast

Please visit us on social media

Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/SAAPTC

Webpage:

www.sexualassaultassistanceprogram.org

 

 

 



   
Bruce Colton, State Attorney
BRUCE COLTON
STATE ATTORNEY