Victims' Rights

If you are a victim of domestic violence or other crime, you need a lawyer to represent you and protect your rights.

Board-certified lawyer Debra Sutton has spent more than 30 years enforcing the rights of her clients.

She is ready to fight for your rights as a crime victim, and has offices in Bartow, St. Petersburg, and Lakeland to serve you...

What Are My Rights as a Victim of Violence?

When a man or woman suffers physical trauma as a victim of domestic violence or any other type of crime, there are certain protections put in place by federal and state governments to keep them safe from further harm. The Sutton Law Firm of Bartow, FL, will fight to make sure these important protections are offered to you and your family:


The right to have certain information made available to you in order to ensure your safety.

Restraining Orders

The right to obtain orders from the court to ensure your safety.

Safety in Court

The right for crime victims to safely participate in a criminal proceeding. This can include providing valuable information during sentencing.

Employment Security

The right to fight retaliation from an employer or termination of employment if you seek protection from domestic violence.

Debra Sutton is Prepared to Protect Your Rights

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Victims' rights can make sure that you and your family are safe when domestic violence and other criminal activity affect you. However, those rights can be violated or overlooked in our strained legal system. Debra Sutton, serving Polk County and communities throughout the area, is here to make certain that justice is served.

Are You In a Dangerous Situation? Contact Debra J. Sutton Today

Debra J. Sutton is a compassionate, ethical, and aggressive victims' rights lawyer who is board-certified in both Appellate and Marital and Family Law. She is one of only six percent of Florida attorneys to achieve certification, with less than one percent earning certification in family law. She welcomes clients from throughout Polk County and surrounding areas.

Your safety is our number-one priority, so if you are in a dangerous situation due to criminal activity such as a violent domestic situation, contact us immediately. Use our online form or call our Bartow, FL, office today to schedule a consultation:

(863) 533-8912

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What Are My Rights As a Victim?

If you are a crime victim, your rights include:


You must be treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity by police and court officials. 

Available Resources

You must be advised of which legal services and resources are available to you.

Professional Protection

You must be offered the right to be kept safe through police escorts, relocation services, or a restraining order against someone who might wish to do you harm. 


You must have the right to apply for financial compensation, which will reimburse you for out-of-pocket costs associated with the crime perpetrated against you. A qualified attorney like Debra J. Sutton can make sure your application is timely, accurate, and complete.


You must have the right to restitution from the offender. Like compensation, restitution is paid by the perpetrator directly to you for economic damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and costs to repair your personal property.

Speedy Trial

This makes it easier for those affected by crimes to receive justice and move toward healing and closure once legal proceedings are over.

Access to Legal Protections

The best accessibility is accomplished when an attorney such as Debra J. Sutton takes charge of your case.

FAQ 2: What is Marsy's Law? "It Elevates the Rights of a Victim."

Debra J. Sutton explains Marsy's Law, which is relatively new legislation in Florida that grants victims many rights in the interest of their safety.

Victims' Rights Offered by Marsy’s Law

This state constitutional amendment acts as an expanded Bill of Rights for those affected violently by state or federal crimes. Named after a California homicide victim, it provides or improves protections for victims and their families. This groundbreaking amendment was adopted into Florida's state constitution in January 2019 and provides a detailed list of the rights afforded to people affected by crimes. These rights include:


The right to be notified of events relevant to the case, which can include the right for you to address the Court.

Appeal Limits

A cap on the number of times a death penalty defendant can file an appeal.


Keeping certain information about the victim private and out of the court records.

Safety Precautions

The right to be protected from the accuser through judicially enforceable remedies such as a protective order or other law enforcement protection.

Debra J. Sutton Is on Your Side

Within weeks of Marsy’s Law going into effect, Ms. Sutton filed a challenge on behalf of a victim of domestic violence. This woman was not notified when the court offered the accused a plea deal, denying her the right to provide the court with relevant information during sentencing. This appears to be the first challenge of Marsy’s Law in Florida.

Ms. Sutton is knowledgeable, experienced, and ready to fight for your rights as a victim of domestic violence or other crimes. She takes your rights as a victim very seriously, and is prepared to take the actions necessary to uphold those rights.

Debra J. Sutton

Sutton Law Firm

Debra J. Sutton is an attorney who is board-certified in both appellate practice and marital and family law by the Florida Bar. At the Sutton Law Firm, with offices in Bartow, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg, Ms. Sutton, Mr. Kovschak, and their team provide individualized, compassionate, and private legal services. Our popular practice areas include:

You can request a consultation with our board-certified attorney right now by filling out our online form or calling (863) 533-8912.

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