Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 258B, section 3(p) as a victim of a crime you have the right to offer a verbal or written statement to the court after the defendant has been found guilty at trial or has admitted to sufficient facts. This statement is referred to as a "Victim Impact Statement".

A Victim Impact Statement affords the victim with an opportunity to address the court prior to sentencing and provides the court with essential information including: the physical, emotional and/or financial impact the crime has had on you, which leads to appropriate sentences and suitable restitution.

A Victim Impact Statement can be written or oral and can be offered to the court by the victim, a family member or the Assistant District Attorney

You should know that even if you choose not to make a victim impact statement the Assistant District Attorney handling the case will make a sentencing recommendation. They will consider amongst other things, your feelings about the case. For that reason, the Assistant District Attorney or Victim/Witness Advocate will be contacting you about your feelings regarding the pending case.

Questions about how to prepare a victim impact statement or about the time and place of sentencing should be addressed to the advocate or prosecutor.