In 1988 the Florida Legislature enacted the Victims' Rights Act. This act enables victims of crime to call upon the legal system for services and support during what can be a difficult period.
As a victim or survivor of crime, you have specific rights as outlined in Section 960.001
of the Florida Statutes.
According to the Florida Statutes you have the right to:
- Be informed, present, and heard, when relevant, at all crucial stages of a criminal proceeding
- Be told how to participate in a proceeding in the case of incarcerated victims
- Be informed of and submit written statements at all crucial stages of criminal and parole proceedings
- Seek financial compensation through Victim Compensation
- Crisis intervention support, and social services assistance within the community
- Be protected from intimidation
- Submit a victim impact statement to the court, oral, or written
- Seek restitution from the offender for financial losses / expenses
- The return of your property unless a compelling reason exists to retain it
If you are a surviving family member of a victim whose death occurred as a result of a crime, you have all these same rights.