Victim & Witness Rights

Your rights in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems

If you are a victim of a crime or a witness because you have seen, heard, or know something about a crime that has been committed, you are important to the case. Your testimony may be necessary to establish the facts. Understandably, you might feel anxious about testifying in court. However, without your testimony the defendant might go unpunished. VICTIM – A person against whom a crime was committed. Some victims suffer physical injury or property damage, and some have psychological injury. Victims have certain rights in Florida. Others who can claim these rights are the victim’s parent or guardian if the victim is a minor, the lawful representative of the victim or of the victim’s parent or guardian if the victim is a minor, and the next of kin of a homicide victim.

The State Attorney’s Office commitment is to provide professional, effective, and equal services to all individuals regardless of their ability to read, write, or speak English. Our agency has developed a plan to provide services for persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Please contact the State Attorney’s Victim Services Program for services by phone, in person or for a copy of the LEP plan.