Successful prosecution often requires the participation of victims in the court process. The accused has the right to confront his accuser and have his guilt proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The Florida Constitution provides certain rights to victims of crimes. The Office of the State Attorney is committed to ensuring those rights are honored and to communicating with victims throughout the court process.
In 1989, the Florida Constitution was amended to include the Victim’s Bill of Rights. Victims are entitled to be informed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant at all crucial stages of the criminal court process. These rights cannot interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused. Florida Statute Section 960.001 addresses the fair treatment of victims and witnesses within the criminal justice system.
Victims may check the status of the case by contacting the Office of the State Attorney at (863) 534-4800. If subpoenaed for a hearing, you may check that status by visiting our “Witnesses” page.