What is a victim impact statement?
As the victim of a crime, you have a right to give a victim impact statement to the sentencing judge. This includes giving a written or oral victim impact statement. A victim impact statement gives you an opportunity to tell about the physical, psychological, and financial effects this crime has had on you and your family.

It may be helpful to fill out a victim impact form, although you do not have to complete this form. It is up to you. However, it will help the sentencing judge to have a clear understanding of the effect this crime has had on you and your family. A copy of this form will also be given to the prosecuting attorney and the defense attorney. The defendant may also read it. If you need help with this form, please call Victim / Witness Services at 717-299-8048.

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