G R A F I TT I
Cops can't be everywhere at once. That's where citizens can help. After all, it's our property values and neighborhood reputations that are diminished by graffiti. Graffiti goons like to strike the same areas or property repeatedly. That means that if we are especially vigilant of those areas, the chances of catching them increases.
If you see tagging in progress dial 9 1 1
For recent graffiti in Orlando report it to (407) 254-GRAF (4723) or click HERE
For recent Orange County graffiti dial 3 1 1. You may also report it on the free app OCFL 311
M.O.S.T. strongly advises you to remove tags immediately after they get documented by law enforcement. We feel it is bad advice for anyone to advise you to leave the tags up a week or two to prevent retaliation. Letting tags remain sends a message of tolerance, lowers the property value for both you and your neighbors and can drive away your customers or potential property buyers. Not to mention that each day you look at the tag is a reminder of how your property was violated. Who needs that kind of aggravation ?
VICTIM'S BILL OF RIGHTS Courtesy Victim Service Center of Central FL www.VictimServiceCenter.com
What are my Rights as a Victim of Crime?
Your Rights, as a Victim of Crime, per Florida Statute 960.001
1.To be informed by law enforcement of his/her role in the criminal justice process, about the Victim’s Compensation Program and other available services at the earliest time possible via a card or brochure.
2.To be asked by law enforcement to complete a victim notification card in order to be notified if defendant (of specified crimes) is released on bail.
3.To be informed by law enforcement and the state attorney of available protection from intimidation.
4.To have advance notification of the release of the accused or any modification of release conditions, including escape.
5.To have a victim advocate present during any depositions of the victim if requested by the victim, the victim advocate, law enforcement or a not for profit victim service organization.
6.The victim and the state attorney, with the consent of the victim, have a standing to assert rights of a crime victim as provided by law or constitution.
7.The state attorney shall notify victims scheduled to attend a judicial proceeding as soon as possible if there are any scheduling changes that will affect their appearance.
8.The state attorney shall provide advance notification to victims or their families of any judicial proceedings and their right to be present.
9.The return of property unless reason exists to retain it.
10.The state attorney, upon request, shall allow a victim, a victim’s parent or guardian if the victim is a minor, or next of kin in a homicide case, to review a copy of the pre-sentence investigation report, which excludes any confidential information pertaining to the offender’s medical history, mental health, or substance abuse or to another victim.
11.To submit a Victim Impact Statement to the court about how the crime affected them, their friends, and their family.
12.To request to collect restitution from the offender.
13.The state attorney shall consult the victim, their guardians, or their families to get their opinion about the disposition of their cases.
14.To request assistance with explanations to employers or creditors for time lost at work and/or serious financial strain incurred as a direct result of the crime.
15.Witness coordinating offices shall provide general assistance to victims such as transportation, parking, separate pretrial waiting areas, and translator services.
16.Request HIV testing of the person charged with committing any sexual offense (under F.S. 794 or 800.4 which involves the transmission of body fluids) and notification of the results.
In summary, as a victim of crime you have legal rights, including the right to:
◦Be informed, be present and be heard at all stages of criminal proceedings to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the rights of the accused and to be advised as to your participation in these proceedings.
◦Receive advance notification when possible of judicial proceedings and scheduling changes in accordance with Florida Statute 960.001.
◦Seek restitution and victim compensation.
◦Consult with the State Attorneys office in certain felony cases regarding the disposition of the case.
◦Make an oral or written impact statement to the court for consideration at the time of sentencing of the defendant.
◦Have an Advocate accompany you throughout the process.
Florida Statute 960.001 describes the rights of victims of crime in Florida.
For additional information, contact a Victim Advocate at 407-644-2577.