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Violent Repeat Offender Sentenced to 35 Years After Armed Confrontation with Police

Violent Repeat Offender Sentenced to 35 Years After Armed Confrontation with Police

Kimble turned and pulled a silver handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officer

Michael Kimble was sentenced to 35 years—the first 10 without…

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Family Feud Ends with Murder Conviction After Man Shoots and Kills his Brother

Family Feud Ends with Murder Conviction After Man Shoots and Kills his Brother

Brandon Wilder, the victim’s brother, was convicted of both first degree murder, attempted robbery

Assistant State’s Attorney Sharon R. Holback successfully sealed a conviction…

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ASA Convicts Murderous Arsonist, He Faces Life Plus 30 Years

ASA Convicts Murderous Arsonist, He Faces Life Plus 30 Years

The cause of death was ruled blunt force trauma, and the manner of death was ruled homicide

Michael Hauck is facing life plus 30 years in prison…

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Baltimore Police and SAO partner together for dirt bike task force

Baltimore Police and SAO partner together for dirt bike task force

CSU Division Chief Charles Blomquist contributed to dirt bike task force

Baltimore police are cracking down on dirt bike riders in…

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The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City Convicts BGF Hitman

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City Convicts BGF Hitman

MIU secured the conviction of Kenneth “Slay” Jones, a known BGF gang member

MIU secured the conviction of Kenneth “Slay” Jones, a known…

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Woman Convicted for her Involvement in Murder of One-Year-Old Carter Scott

Woman Convicted for her Involvement in Murder of One-Year-Old Carter Scott

“My office will not tolerate co-conspirators to murder,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby

Breyon Cason has been found guilty of accessory to murder…

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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.