Since the 1980’s, legislature has increased victims’ rights in the criminal justice process and given them protection throughout their claim. Before then, victims were occasionally present to testify at trial but often had little to no involvement in criminal prosecution. Now, all 50 states have a version of a crime victims’ Bill of Rights—provisions which effectively advocate for victims.
Florida Law’s Crime Victims’ Rights
In the state of Florida, the Victims’ Bill of Rights states that victims of crime or their representatives are entitled to the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant at all crucial stages of criminal proceedings, as long as these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.
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These rights include the following:
- Notification of the arrest, release, or escape of the accused
- Advance notice of all court proceedings (if time permits)
- Information on steps concerning freedom from intimidation
- Notification of scheduling changes
- Opportunity to have a victim advocate present during depositions
- Assistance in obtaining the return of recovered property
- A prompt and timely disposition of the case
- Prompt notification of the results of court proceedings
- Assistance in obtaining Crime Victim Compensation
- Upon request, notification of court appearance to employer
- Opportunity to submit an oral or written impact statement at the time of sentencing
For more information regarding your rights or for a free case evaluation, call 561-899-2100 today!
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