Victim Impact Statement

Victim Impact Statement

Victims are entitled to make a statement that will be included in the probation officer’s presentence report. The Victim Impact Statement is not about what can or cannot be proven; rather, it is an opportunity for the victim to tell the Court about how the crime has affected different areas of the victim's life. It can also include the victim's opinions on sentencing and any probation restrictions that may be placed on the defendant. For example, it might respond to the following questions:

  • How has the crime affected your well-being or the well-being of people close to you?
  • Have you or people close to you sought counsel?
  • Have your personal or work relationships changed as a result of the crime?
  • Did you have physical injuries or symptoms due to the crime?
  • How has the crime affected your ability to work, attend school, make a living, run a household, enjoy activities, or feel safe?
  • What changes have you had to make?

There are many resources on the internet about how to write an effective statement. Two resources are from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Victim Support Services.

If you would like to provide a statement, please send it immediately to the assigned probation officer. He/she will need your statement at least 3-5 days before the sentencing hearing in order to include it in the report. You may give your statement verbally to the officer or submit it in writing. See also our Restitution Request Form as soon as possible (English, Spanish, Chinese, or Tagalog).

Please note that your statement will not be confidential; the probation report will be made available to the defendant and to any member of the public for 60 days after the sentencing hearing.