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Judge rejects subpoenas for prosecutors to take witness stand at first Freddie Gray hearing

Judge rejects subpoenas for prosecutors to take witness stand at first Freddie Gray hearing

A judge has rejected an attempt by defense lawyers to put Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby and other city prosecutors on the witness stand

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Man Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding Victim of $37.5K, Offering Car & House Never for Sale

Man Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding Victim of $37.5K, Offering Car & House Never for Sale

Thomas Paul was sentenced last week to 10 years, suspend all but two years, with five years of probation for stealing nearly $40,000

Thomas Paul was sentenced last week to 10 years, suspend…

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Double Murderer Convicted on All Counts, Faces Two Life Sentences Plus 140 Years

Double Murderer Convicted on All Counts, Faces Two Life Sentences Plus 140 Years

Quinton Bass, who made headlines after being accused...

Quinton Bass, who made headlines after being accused of murdering…

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Violent Repeat Offender Gets 45 Years for Violent Hammer Assault

Violent Repeat Offender Gets 45 Years for Violent Hammer Assault

William Stokes was sentenced Tuesday to 45 years in prison— the first 25 years without parole

William Stokes was sentenced Tuesday to 45 years in prison—…

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Sand Town Double Shooting and Homicide Results in Conviction, Defendant faces Double Life Sentence

Sand Town Double Shooting and Homicide Results in Conviction, Defendant faces Double Life Sentence

Marquel Gaffney was convicted of first-degree murder...

Marquel Gaffney was convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder,…

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Man Convicted of Sexual Child Abuse and Child Pornography; Faces up to 80 Years in Prison

Man Convicted of Sexual Child Abuse and Child Pornography; Faces up to 80 Years in Prison

Donald Gittens, 21, faces 80 years in prison after being convicted of Sexual Child Abuse...

Donald Gittens, 21, faces 80 years in prison after being…

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Block Stabbing Could Yield Nearly 30 Years in Prison

Block Stabbing Could Yield Nearly 30 Years in Prison

Troy Jeter was convicted of first-degree assault and a handgun violation...

Troy Jeter was convicted of first-degree assault and a handgun…

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Crime victims have the right to submit what are known as victim impact statements, and the State's Attorney's Office strongly encourages victims to exercise this important right.

What is a victim impact statement?

In an impact statement, a victim provides an explanation of how the crime affected you, your family, or even your community. Statements should include:

  • A "brief" summary of the harm or trauma suffered by the victim or family as a result of the crime.
  • A summary of the economic loss or damage suffered by the victim as a result of the crime. Include requests for restitution for out-of-pocket expenses.
  • A concise statement of what outcome the victim would like and the reasons to support this opinion, including support for or opposition to treatment or community service programs.
  • Highlights about the victim, past accomplishments, hopes for the future, and what the crime has done to change these activities.
  • The overall effect the crime has had on the victim and family.

Why is a victim impact statement so important?

After a defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty of a crime, a Judge sentences the defendant. The Judge responsible for sentencing the defendant reads and considers victim impact statements before setting the sentence.

What else should I know about victim impact statements?

A victim impact statement submitted to the Court becomes part of the criminal case file. As a result, everyone involved in the case will receive a copy, including the Judge prosecutor, defendant, defense lawyer, and probation officer.

Is a victim required to submit a victim impact statement?

No. There is no obligation to compose and submit a victim impact statement.

Where are victim impact statements to be sent?

Victim impact statements can be submitted in one of three ways: through this Web site, by mail, or by fax.

Compose and submit Victim Impact Statements online

To submit by mail, send to:
The Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City
Communications and Community Affairs Division
100 North Calvert Street, Suite 302
Baltimore, MD 21202

To submit by fax, send to:
410-637-3172

Still have questions?
If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City's Victim and Witness Division at 410-396-1897.