Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

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

GVED consists of a division chief, a team captain, and 11 prosecutors; as well as a sergeant and five detectives.

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

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Baltimore Police Officer Wesley Cagle Sentenced to 12 Years

Baltimore Police Officer Wesley Cagle Sentenced to 12 Years

Officer stood over suspect and shot him

Former Baltimore Police Officer Wesley Cagle has been sentenced to…

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Jury Finds Man Guilty of Murder For Fatally Shooting Two Men, One of Whom Died

Jury Finds Man Guilty of Murder For Fatally Shooting Two Men, One of Whom Died

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Devon Temple faces a maximum of 53 years in prison,…

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Residents Pray for Dying Man after He is Shot, Killer Sentenced to 65 Years

Residents Pray for Dying Man after He is Shot, Killer Sentenced to 65 Years

A red sweatshirt and the handgun was recovered near the murder scene.

Jerrod Battle has been sentenced to 65 years in prison…

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Serial Child Molester Sentenced to 125 Years in Prison

Serial Child Molester Sentenced to 125 Years in Prison

Griffin stayed at the home and was considered a father figure for the victim and her two sisters.

Michael Griffin has been sentenced to 125 years in prison…

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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.