Constitution of the State of Florida
Article I, Section 16 – Rights of Accused and of Victims
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 Statutes § 960.001 – Guidelines for fair treatment of victims and witnesses in criminal justice and juvenile justice systems
Note: this statute is long and I urge you to read the statute for more detail. I have highlighted some important points of law from this statute to assist those looking for information.
Notification of Protection available
Notification of Release of the Accused
Upon request, the jail or commitment facility shall notify the victim or family member of the victim of the offender’s release from incarceration or detention, in advance of the release.
Consultation with the Victim or family of the victim with the State Attorney
When the crime is a felony involving physical or emotional injury or trauma, or if the victim is a minor child, the State Attorney must consult with the victim or the parent or guardian of the minor child, in order to obtain the views of the victim or family about what should happen to the defendant, including
- The release of the accused
- Plea agreements
- Participation in pretrial diversion programs; and
Florida Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights