It is my firm belief that criminals should be held accountable for their actions, both to the state for their conduct and to the victims for their losses. In furtherance of this belief, my staff and I will do everything possible to see that the rights of victims are assured.
This site is intended to advise you of your rights as a victim under the laws of our state. You will also find contacts that are available to answer your questions and to assist you, including an important innovation of victim rights; Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE). Whether the defendant is still in custody or released, VINE will give you that information.
Should you wish further information on victim rights, I invite you to call the State Attorney’s Office at any time and speak to one of our Victim Advocates.
Stephen B. Russell
Americans with Disabilities – 941-637-2281
Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (CARE) – 941-627-6000
Charlotte County Sheriff – 941-639-2101
Economic Crimes Unit – 941-833-1891
Florida Highway Patrol – 800-483-5912
Mothers Against Drunk Driving SWFL Chapter – 239-791-7560
State – 941-575-5740
County – 941-637-2227
Punta Gorda Police – 941-575-5519
Witness Coordination – 941-637-2223
VINE is a toll-free, anonymous, automated telephone service that provides victims of crime and the public, information on the defendant’s custody status, the location of the facility where the offender is in custody, and notification of changes that occur.
You can call 877-VINE-4-FL (877-846-3435) or log onto the Vine website for more information. www.vinelink.com