A victim is a person who suffers direct or threatened physical, psychological, or financial harm as a result of the commission or attempted commission of a crime or delinquent act or against whom the crime or delinquent act is committed.
The term victim includes the victim's lawful representative, the parent or guardian of a minor, or the next of kin of a homicide victim, except upon a showing that the interest of such individual would be in actual or potential conflict with the interests of the victim.
In Florida, victims of crime have constitutional and statutory rights. The following pamphlet downloads provided by the Indian River County Sheriff's Office is a summary of your constitutional rights pursuant to Article I, Section 16 of the Florida Constitution.
When citizens become involved with law enforcement, the court system or other agencies as a victim, they may need assistance, dealing with a variety of emotions or have questions regarding the process. Our office has a Victim Services program to help with short-term crisis intervention, referrals to community agencies and with filing victim compensation claims.
- To preserve and protect your right to achieve justice, ensure a meaningful role throughout the criminal and juvenile justice systems
- To have your rights and interests respected and protected by law
- To due process, fair treatment and respect for your dignity
- To be free from intimidation, harassment, and abuse
- To be reasonably protected from the accused and any person acting on behalf of the accused within the judicial process
- To have the safety and welfare of you and your family considered when selling bail and pretrial release conditions