Office of The State Attorney, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Florida
Serving the Citizens of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties
Office of The State Attorney, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Florida
Serving the Citizens of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties

Victim Services

Victim and Witness Responsibilities

Your Duties As A Victim Or Witness

You are a witness because you have seen, heard, or know something about a crime.  You may not think that what you know about the case is significant, but it may be highly important.  Many small pieces of information are often required to determine what happens in a criminal case. 

To prevent delay and possible dismissal of a case, we must be able to contact you.  It is important that you keep our office informed of your present address, telephone numbers, email addresses and plans you have for travel.  Please keep us informed of any changes in your contact information. 

What Do I Do If I Get A Subpoena?

  • Call the number on the subpoena to confirm that you received the subpoena. Verify the best way to contact you and confirm the date and time of when you are needed.
  • Subpoenas for specific intakes and depositions will have the specific date and time that you are required to appear. You will need to appear at that specific date and time.
  • Subpoenas for trial will say a trial term beginning on a specific date at a time to be determined or until final disposition of the case. This means the case was set on a specific trial term.  A trial term is typically two weeks out of the month.  Your testimony may be needed at a specific time during that trial term.  When you call to confirm receipt of the subpoena, you will receive instructions on how to proceed.  It is important that you contact us upon receipt of the subpoena and keep us informed of your contact information because court dates can change even after a subpoena has been sent.  
  • If you are a victim and would like a Victim Witness Specialist to attend with you, please call the Victim  Witness Department in your county.  
  • If you fail to appear you can be held in contempt of court.

Video Conference Instructions

If you are appearing by video conference, you will receive an email that has a link attached.  Please click on the link and follow the instructions.  It is very important when appearing, you are dressed appropriately, and in a quiet place with no background distractions. If you are experiencing any difficulties with the link, please contact our office.

Auxiliary Aids Plan

The Office of the State Attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit shall comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794, as implemented by 45 C.F.R. Part and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. 12131, as implemented by 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

The Auxiliary Aids Plan provides protocol and available resources for the provision of auxiliary aids and services in ensuring accessibility to all programs, benefits, and services to persons with disabilities, and foreign language interpreters for persons with limited English proficiency. The State Attorney’s Office will, at all times, recognize that the victims’ or witnesses’ preference is the primary consideration in determining what auxiliary aids or services to provide.