According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Florida alone:
• a violent crime occurs every 4 minutes and 11 seconds
• a property crime occurs every 42 seconds
• a forcible sex offense occurs every 49 minutes
• a forcible rape occurs every 1 hour and 28 minutes
• a robbery occurs every 15 minutes
• an aggravated assault occurs every 7 minutes
• a burglary occurs every 3 minutes
• a motor vehicle theft occurs every 8 minutes
These statistics do not even account for the crimes that are not reported to the police.
What most victims of crimes do not know is that there are many programs set up through the State and Federal Government to help compensate them for tragedies.
Florida Law provides guidelines for the fair treatment of victims and witnesses in the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. It authorizes a direct-support organization to assist victims of adult and juvenile crime. It provides victims to have the opportunity to have a defendant tested for HIV if there was a transmission of body fluids during the crime. It also designates a Victims Compensation Trust Fund to assist victims of violent personal crimes to pay for stipulated expenses they incur as a result of the crime.
Injured crime victims may be eligible for financial assistance for medical care, lost income, mental health services, funeral expenses, and other out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the injury. If needed, they can also be referred to support organizations within their home area.
Most victims also have civil remedies available to them that are never utilized. It is always important to contact an attorney to see what benefits are available to you. I come from a law enforcement family and have an extensive understanding of the Florida victim compensation programs. Even if I can not help you with a civil case I am more than happy to help guide you through the public programs that are available to crime victims.
If you have been the victim of a crime contact me today to see what I can do for you.