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The 2003 Florida Statutes

Chapter 921
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Section 921.143, Florida Statutes 2003

921.143  Appearance of victim or next of kin to make statement at sentencing hearing; submission of written statement.--

(1)  At the sentencing hearing, and prior to the imposition of sentence upon any defendant who has been convicted of any felony or who has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to any crime, including a criminal violation of a provision of chapter 316, the sentencing court shall permit the victim of the crime for which the defendant is being sentenced, the victim's parent or guardian if the victim is a minor, the lawful representative of the victim or of the victim's parent or guardian if the victim is a minor, or the next of kin of the victim if the victim has died from causes related to the crime, to:

(a)  Appear before the sentencing court for the purpose of making a statement under oath for the record; and

(b)  Submit a written statement under oath to the office of the state attorney, which statement shall be filed with the sentencing court.

(2)  The state attorney or any assistant state attorney shall advise all victims or, when appropriate, the victim's parent, guardian, next of kin, or lawful representative that statements, whether oral or written, shall relate to the facts of the case and the extent of any harm, including social, psychological, or physical harm, financial losses, loss of earnings directly or indirectly resulting from the crime for which the defendant is being sentenced, and any matter relevant to an appropriate disposition and sentence.

(3)  The court may refuse to accept a negotiated plea and order the defendant to stand trial.

History.--ss. 9, 10, ch. 76-274; s. 3, ch. 84-363; s. 2, ch. 88-196; s. 1, ch. 97-120; s. 4, ch. 2001-209.

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