Crime Victim Rights

Article 1, Section 16 of the Florida Constitution and Chapter 960, Florida Statutes, gives crime victims the following rights. You have the right:

  • To receive due process from the courts
  • To be treated with fairness and respect for your dignity
  • To be free from intimidation, harassment, and abuse
  • To receive information concerning protection available to victims
  • Within the judicial process, to be reasonably protected from the accused
  • To have the safety and welfare of you and your family considered when the court considers setting bail or pretrial release conditions that could affect you or your family
  • To seek crime victim compensation
  • To be heard in any public proceeding involving bail or pretrial release
  • To be heard, when relevant, at all other crucial stages of the criminal proceeding to the extent that these rights do not interfere with constitutional rights of the accused
  • To be present at judicial proceedings and receive advanced notification, when possible, of judicial proceedings and notification of schedule changes
  • To prevent disclosure of information or records that could be used to locate or harass you or your family or which could disclose confidential or privileged information about you
  • To make an oral or written victim impact statement at the time of sentencing of a defendant
  • To consult with the state attorney’s office in certain felony cases regarding the disposition of the case
  • To the prompt return of your property when no longer needed as evidence
  • To full and timely restitution in every case and from each offender convicted of the crime for all losses suffered, both directly and indirectly, as the result of criminal conduct
  • To proceedings free from unreasonable delay and to prompt and final conclusion of the case and any related post-judgment proceedings
  • To be informed of these rights and to seek an attorney’s advice regarding these rights

Additional rights are available to you if specific requests are made. These additional rights are listed in the Florida Constitution and Florida Statute referenced above. These rights are also posted in both courtrooms in the Wakulla County Courthouse.

For additional information regarding your rights, please contact these offices:

Office of the Attorney General
Division of Victim Services & Criminal Justice Programs
Bureau of Advocacy & Grants Management
PL-01 The Capitol
Tallahassee, Fl. 32399-1050
(850) 414-3300

Wakulla Co. State Attorney’s Office
Asst. State Attorney Brian Miller
3056 Crawfordville Highway
Crawfordville, Fl. 32327
(850) 926-0914

Wakulla Co. Sheriff’s Office
Victim Advocate Unit
15 Oak Street
Crawfordville, Fl. 32327
(850) 745-7129