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The Victim Advocate Unit of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office was established in 1995 and aims to be the first source of help to victims of crime. As advocates it is our goal to provide the best possible service to those in need. Victims of crime have rights too. This unit is available on a 24 hour basis to respond to the needs of victims of crime in Leon County and is often one of the first to respond to a crime scene to assist victims and survivors.
Marsy’s Law is an amendment to the state’s constitution that protects and expands the legal rights of victims. Under Marsy’s Law, as a crime victim, you have the right to request that your personal information remain confidential
Leon County Sheriff’s Office has provided a link below to a form you can complete to submit your request to prevent disclosure of personal information.
Download Marsy's Law - Request to Prevent Disclosure here.
The Law Enforcement Victim Advocate is often one of the first to respond to a crime scene to assist victims and survivors. During this critical time victims may experience a wide range of feelings and emotions.
As an advocate, we can assist in many ways:
Provide information regarding current status of cases
A Victim is a person who suffers direct or threatened physical, emotional, or financial harm as the result of an act by someone else, which is a crime.
On-call twenty-four hours, seven days a week.
The Victim Advocate Unit in the Leon County Sheriff's Office aims to be the first source of help to victims of crime. As advocates it is our goal to provide the best possible service to those in need. Victims of Crime have rights, too.
The Florida Department of Corrections offers a toll-free automated inmate information and notification service, Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE), that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide victims of crime continuous access concerning and inmate's custody status. Anyone may call the toll-free number 1-877-VINE-4-FL (1-877-846-3435) and receive an inmate's current location and tentative release date. Victims may also register to receive an automated notification when an inmate is released, transferred, escapes, is placed in a work release facility, transferred to another jurisdiction, returned to the Department's custody, or dies while in custody. The VINE Service is anonymous and confidential.
To find an offender or register for notification, you must call the VINE service at 1-877-VINE-4-FL (1-877-846-3435) from any touch-tone telephone and follow the instructions given by the system.
The VINE service will keep trying to reach you. If there is no answer or the line is busy, VINE will continue to call every half hour for 48 hours. VINE will leave a message on an answering machine, but will continue to call until a PIN is entered to stop the notification calls. VINE calls automatically when an offender's custody status changes.
The PIN (Personal Identification Number) is a four-digit number that you create that you will use to stop notification calls from VINE. Entering your correct PIN and pressing the # button on your telephone is the only way to confirm and stop VINE notification calls.
Yes. Your family, friends and other concerned persons may also check on offender information and register for notification. Each registration is separate and requires a PIN.
Guidelines For Fair Treatment of Victims And Witnesses In The Criminal Justice System
Victims, including the next of kin of a homicide victim, have the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant at all crucial stages of a criminal proceeding, to the extent that this right does not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused. In the case of a minor, the victim's parent or guardian and the next of kin of a homicide victim is given notificatio
justice system. Victims, including the next of kin of a homicide victim, have the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant at all crucial stages of a criminal proceeding, to the extent that this right does not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused. The implementation of FSS 960 is the cornerstone of ensuring that these rights for victims are met.
Offenders in the Florida Department of Corrections (State Prison System), the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and Florida County Detention Facilities (including the Leon County Detention Facility) will be included in the VINE service.
For more information on Victim Services and the VINE program, please visit the State of Florida Department of Corrections website at: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/vict/index.html
Download Marsy's Law - Request to Prevent Disclosure form here.
Important Telephone Resources for Crime Victims
Helpful Links for Crime Victims
Attorney General's website