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I will utilize my legal skills and 25 years of experience, as well as my capacity for fairness, compassion and empathy to insure the sensitive needs of our community are met, lines of communication are opened, and justice is served. 

 LIST OF ISSUES

VICTIM'S RIGHTS 

 

The Florida Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights states that victims of crime or their lawful representatives, including the next of kin of homicide victims, are entitled to the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant, at all crucial stages of criminal proceedings. These rights cannot interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused and include:

  • Notification of the arrest, release or escape of the accused, if possible

  • Advance notice of all court proceedings, if time permits

  • Information on steps concerning freedom from intimidation

  • Notification of scheduling changes

  • Opportunity to have a victim advocate present during depositions

  • Assistance in obtaining the return of recovered property

  • A prompt and timely disposition of the case

  • Prompt notification of the results of court proceedings

  • To be informed, present and heard, when relevant, at all criminal proceedings

  • Assistance in obtaining a Crime Victim Compensation, restitution and other service to which you may be entitled

  • Upon request, notification to your employer and/or school when you must appear in court

  • Opportunity to submit an oral or written impact statement at the time of sentencing

 

Article 1, Section 16, Florida Constitution, Rights of Victims ("Marsy's Law") 

I am committed to insuring the rights of  crime victims are honored and that they are provided the emotional support and resources necessary to have their voices heard and to allow the healing process to begin. 

OPEN COMMUNICATION
I will commit myself and my office, to open the lines of communication between the State Attorney's Office, law enforcement, and our community members. It is through open communication that the Office of State Atttorney can empower, educate, and engage the citizens served, to make our communities safer. 

JUSTICE 
The primary duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice within the bounds of the law, not merely to convict. The prosecutor serves the public interest and should act with integrity and balanced judgment to increase public safety both by pursuing appropriate criminal charges of appropriate severity, and by exercising discretion to not pursue criminal charges in appropriate circumstances. The prosecutor should seek to protect the innocent and convict the guilty, consider the interests of victims and witnesses, and respect the constitutional and legal rights of all persons, including suspects and defendants.
 
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Standards for the Prosecution Function, Fourth Edition (2017)
My legal skills and diverse background, as well as my capacity for fairness, compassion and empathy, will insure that the needs of the public are served, the voices of victim's are heard, and the rights of the accused are respected.
 
I recognize and value the power that the Office of the State Attorney wields and I will strive to insure that power is not abused, and, that each case and the facts related thereto are considered independently before a decision to file criminal charges is made.  

Paid for by Tina Seifert, Republican, for State Attorney, Third Judicial Circuit