Information About Additional Victim Assistance

Information About Additional Victim Assistance

Information will be made available to victims and witnesses about other assistance such as: transportation, parking, waiting areas and translator services to be utilized when attending court, when practicable.

Victim/Witness Personal Safety

  1. In the event you receive threats, bribes, or other attempts to persuade or intimidate you into testifying untruthfully, or to forget, or to make yourself unavailable as a witness, report it immediately to the North Miami Beach Police Department, (305) 949-5500.
  2. If you are the victim of domestic violence (violence within the family) or repeat violence (two incidents), you can file an injunction for protection with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Victims or witnesses shall be given information concerning protection from intimidation, and victims or witnesses of domestic violence shall also be given information about the address confidentiality program under S. 741.403.

H.I.V. (Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing)

In any case which involves the transmission of body fluids from one person to another, upon request of the victim or the victim’s legal guardian, or of the parent or legal guardian of the victim if the victim is a minor, the court shall order such person to undergo HIV testing. The results of the test shall be disclosed, under the direction of the Department of Health, to the person charged of the offense and to the victim, or the parent of legal guardian of the victim if the victim is a minor.

To request in sex offenses, under certain circumstances, if the victim is under the age of 18 or is a disabled adult or elderly person, that the court order the accused to undergo HIV testing regardless of whether the offense involves the transmission of bodily fluids. If requested by the victim, the results of the testing shall be made available to the victim no later than two weeks after the court receives such results.

Victims/Witnesses Who Are Not Incarcerated

Notification of victims, witnesses, who are not incarcerated shall not be required to attend discovery depositions in any correctional facility.

Standing to Assert Rights

The victim of a crime and the state attorney, with the consent of the victim, have standing to assert the rights of a crime victim, which are provided by law or S. 16(b) Article 1 of the State Constitution.

Information gained by the victim, including the next of kin of a homicide victim, regarding any case handled in juvenile court, must not be revealed to any outside party, except as is reasonably necessary in pursuit of legal remedies.

Right to Timely Disposition

As the victim you have the right to a prompt and timely disposition of the case to the extent that this right does not interfere with the rights of the accused.

Confidentiality/Victim Notification Card

The victim notification card contains information concerning the disclosure of information from the public. A public records exemption was created that prohibits the disclosure of information which reveals the home or work telephone, home or work address, or personal assets of victims of certain specified crimes (i.e., sexual battery, aggravated child abuse, aggravated stalking, harassment, aggravated battery, or domestic violence) not otherwise held confidential or exempt from the public records law.

This information will cease to be exempt five years after receipt of the written request. It also provides that agencies, which regularly receive victim information, keep that information exempt from public disclosure upon written request from the victim. The victim notification/public exemption card shall be filled out completely on every case.