Florida Crime Victims’ Rights

The following is a transcript of an interview with Florida personal injury attorney, Jason Turchin, conducted on February 9, 2007. In this interview, Mr. Turchin discusses the laws that govern crime victims rights, Florida’s Crime Victims’ Compensation Fu

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Identity Theft: Social Security Numbers

Modern use of the Social Security number as a unique identifier has been a windfall for identity thieves. It’s widespread use and easy availability have produced a thriving industry for identity crooks.

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Crime Victim: Accepting Money to Halt a Criminal Prosecution

A victim cannot tell the State to halt a criminal prosecution. The State makes this decision. The victim can play a key part in the State’s argument. A victim can severely hinder the State’s case by becoming a resistant and argumentative witness. The State may be able to make a good case if it has other witnesses who will offer reliable testimony. Your decision to accept the victim’s offer should depend on the facts of the case.

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