What is a Victim Impact Statement?

A Victim Impact Statement is a written or oral statement presented to the court at the defendant's sentencing hearing. Victims or survivors have a right to inform the judge about how the crime has affected their lives. Victim/Witness Advocates are available if you need assistance writing your statement or preparing for the sentencing hearing. 

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1. What does the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office do?
2. What does the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office not do?
3. Will the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office prosecute my case?
4. Must I come to court?
5. Who do I contact regarding a criminal investigation?
6. Who will advocate my interests as a crime victim / witness?
7. Can I drop my charges?
8. Who is the Freedon of Information Act (FOIA) Officer?
9. I haven't reported the incident to law enforcement, can you still help me?
10. What rights do I have as a crime victim?
11. What is a Protective Order and do I need one?
12. What is a Victim Impact Statement?
13. I have medical bills after the crime. Is there help for me?
14. How can I find out if an offender is in custody?
15. What are the different stages of a criminal court case?