In 1988 the Florida Legislature enacted the Victim’s 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.
You have the right to be informed, present, and heard, when relevant, at all crucial stages of a criminal proceeding, and be told how to participate in a proceeding in the case of incarcerated victims, the right to be informed and submit written statements at all crucial stages of criminal and parole proceedings.
You have the right to seek financial compensation through Victim Compensation.
You have the right to crisis intervention support, and social services assistance within the community.
You have the right to be protected from intimidation.
You have the right to submit a victim impact statement to the court, oral or written.
You have the right to seek restitution from the offender for financial losses/expenses.
You have the right to 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.
Contact the Nassau County Victim’s Advocate at (904) 548-4700.