MADD Offers Help to Victim's of DUI

MADD LogoMother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded on Sept. 5, 1980 by Candice Lightner after her 13-year-old daughter was killed by a drunk driver, a repeat offender. MADD’s mission is to stop drunk driving, support those whose lives have been affected by this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. It is the largest non profit organization in the U.S. with chapters in all fifty states and trained victim advocates available at no charge. MADD serves one victim and survivor every 8.6 minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP, 24 hours every day.

MADD Resources

If you have been injured or a loved one died because of a drugged or drunk driver, MADD can help. More than 1200 victim advocates across the U.S. offer assistance to bereaved families and injured victims/survivors including:

  • Guiding families and loved ones on what to expect at each stage of the prosecution of the DUI driver.
  • Ensuring the voice of the victim/survivor is effectively heard.
  • Helping families deal with inquiries received from the press.
  • Providing support and counsel critically needed by anyone whose life has been affected by a drunken driver throughout the criminal process and beyond.

Additional Resources

MADD victim advocates also provide victims/survivors with:

  • emotional support
  • free literature
  • assistance in obtaining and completing an application for Crime Victims Compensation
  • assistance in obtaining crash reports and the DUI offender’s driving record
  • provide a list of professional counselors skilled to work with crash victims
  • assist in the preparation of a Victim Impact Statement for court
  • accompany victims to and from court
  • assist victims/survivors in preparing statements for parole hearings

Florida Victim Services Specialists By County

Kaletra Welch
Victim Services Specialist
904-388-2455, ext: 7261
MADD Northeast, FL
Circuit 4, 7 & 8
4417 Beach Blvd., Ste. 307
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Lynn Ivey
Victim Services Specialist
850-983-6775, ext: 7251
MADD Northwest FL
Circuits 1, 14
P.O. Box 34500
Pensacola, FL 32507

Becky Gage
Victim Services Specialist
813-273-6233, ext: 7296
MADD Hillsborough
Circuit 13
1107 E. Jackson St., Ste. 208
Tampa, FL 33602

Carla Biermann
Victim Services Specialist
407-831-6233, ext: 7271
MADD Central Florida
Circuit 9, 18
One Purlieu Place, Ste. 285
Winter Park, FL 32792

Sally Matson
Victim Advocate
305-273-7122, ext: 7231
MADD Miami-Dade
Circuit 11, 16
7700 N. Kendall Drive, Ste. 803
Miami, FL 33156

Palm Beach
Nancy Leffel
Victim Services Specialist
561-689-1659, ext: 7256
MADD Palm Beach &
Broward Counties
Circuits 15, 17
1489 N. Military Trl., Ste. 217
West Palm Beach, FL 33409  

Pinellas & Pasco
Carole Dirksmeyer
Victim Services Specialist
727-556-0633, ext: 7282
MADD Pinellas & Pasco
Circuit 6
4500 140th Avenue, Ste. 221
Clearwater, FL 33762

Mary Dean
Victim Advocate
863-665-8685, ext: 7266
MADD in Polk County
10th Judicial Circuit
5337 North Socrum Loop Rd., Ste. 252
Lakeland, FL 33809

In 2011, MADD victim advocates served over 63,000 victims and their survivors, helping a victim and a survivor every eight minutes, free of charge.

Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured By A Drunk Driver?

If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver you should speak with an experienced drunk driver injury attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

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