Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

Gov. Hogan Includes State's Attorney Mosby's Sex Assault Bill in 2017 Agenda

Gov. Hogan Includes State's Attorney Mosby's Sex Assault Bill in 2017 Agenda

legislation will give prosecutors the tools they need to ensure just outcomes in rape and molestation cases...

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby joined Governor Larry Hogan,…

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Crime Fighters Announce Gun Violence Enforcement Division Up and Running in Baltimore City

Crime Fighters Announce Gun Violence Enforcement Division Up and Running in Baltimore City

SAO and BPD launched a joint gun violence unit

In September, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore…

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Murder for Hire Defendant Granted Third Retrial, Guilty

Murder for Hire Defendant Granted Third Retrial, Guilty

In 1997, Robert D. Harris was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for hiring someone to murder his fiancé...

In 1997, Robert D. Harris was convicted and sentenced to…

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BPD Officer Caught Tipping Off Suspected Criminals, Convicted

BPD Officer Caught Tipping Off Suspected Criminals, Convicted

Stacy Plater, a member of the Baltimore Police Department, was convicted of misconduct in office...

For Immediate Release 1/12/2017 Earlier this week, Stacy Plater, a…

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Brazen Bus Stop Ambush Ends in Conviction

Brazen Bus Stop Ambush Ends in Conviction

Marlo Lomax and Gary Ward face life sentences for ambushing a couple at a bus stop...

Marlo Lomax and Gary Ward face life sentences for ambushing…

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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.