Crime victims have the opportunity to make a Victim Impact Statement to describe how the crime has affected them and others close to them. The Form has space for victims to write about the physical, emotional, and financial effects of this crime Filling out the form is completely voluntary, but if the defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty after trial, victims’ impact statements help the judge determine what type of sentence to impose on the defendant, and what the defendant should pay for victims losses and expenses.
No one knows better than victims how crime has changed their life, and what losses they have suffered. The U.S. Attorneys Office sincerely appreciates victims taking the time to provide the Victim Impact Statement on the form provided.