A Victim Impact Statement may be the only means of making offenders aware of the harm they have caused. A Victim Impact Statement can be written or oral. It gives the victim an opportunity to provide information for the judge to consider at sentencing, and allows the victim to express the pain, anguish and financial devastation the crime has caused. A Victim Impact Statement provides the court with information to aid the judge in his/her decision regarding an appropriate sentence and suitable restitution.
According to the law, the victim determines how the statement should be presented at the sentencing or disposition hearing. They may choose to:
The following are items to consider including in your Victim Impact Statement:
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If your matter has already been reported to law enforcement, you may contact the Victim Services Coordinator in the Carlton County Attorney's Office at 218-384-9170. Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
For crisis advocacy services, please contact Family Pathways at (800) 338-7233, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Carlton County Attorney's Office has a full time Victim Services Coordinator whose office is located in the County Attorney's Office. The Carlton County Attorney’s Office is located on the upper level of the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center, 317 Walnut Avenue, Carlton, MN 55718.
Restitution is a court order for money that an offender pays to the victim for any out-of-pocket expenses that occurred as a direct result of the crime. Restitution can be ordered both in adult and juvenile criminal cases at sentencing (adult) and disposition (juvenile) hearings.
You must complete an Affidavit of Restitution form. Here you will provide a list of your losses, the dollar value of repair or replacement, and receipts or reasons justifying the amounts. The form should be completed as soon as possible. Examples of losses covered by restitution include, but are not limited to:
If you need help or assistance completing the Affidavit of Restitution form, please call the Carlton County Victim Services Coordinator at (218) 384-9170.
Reparations is money available to assist victims with certain costs incurred as a result of a crime, such as:
Property damage or loss is not covered.
Most claims must be filed within 3 years of the incident. Victims of violent crimes should file a claim for reparations even if they are also requesting restitution. It is not guaranteed the offender will pay restitution and not all victims are eligible for reparations. The Carlton County Victim Services Coordinator can assist you with that process.
Help for Crime Victims - Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board (mn.gov)
Restitution: Financial responsibility of the defendantOnly available if the offender is convicted of a crime responsible for the financial loss and the judge orders it to be paid and can only be ordered for expenses directly related to a crime, including property losses.
Reparations: Financial assistance from the governmentAvailable for victims of violent crimes regardless of whether the case is charged, or the offender is found guilty and is only available for victims of crimes reported to law enforcement. Does not cover property losses.
If you are concerned for the safety and wellbeing of you or your children, the County Attorney's Office can request that a no contact order be issued as a condition of the defendant's release. Also, in cases of domestic abuse, you can get help in obtaining an Order for Protection through Family Pathways. Any violations of these orders should be reported to the police and the probation office.
There are a number of ways to track defendants who may be in custody. You will need the name of the defendant. A date of birth is helpful. You may check the Carlton County Jail Roster.
If the defendant is in custody in a state prison, information may be accessed through the Minnesota Department of Corrections website.
VINE, an automated system that will track offenders in MOST of Minnesota's county jails, is available at 1-877-MN-4-VINE (1-877-664-8463). You may also receive a document with sentencing information from your Victim Services Coordinator that will enable you to request that the custodial facility notify you when the defendant is scheduled to be released or furloughed.
What does it mean to be subpoenaed?
When a crime is committed, regardless of the offense, it is considered a wrong against the State. As a result, the State of Minnesota files a complaint on behalf of its residents. This office represents the State of Minnesota.
You have been subpoenaed on behalf of the State to testify about facts concerning the alleged crime. A subpoena is a Court Order requiring you to come to court and testify. We realize that being a witness may carry with it substantial burdens. It is our hope to eliminate as many of these difficulties and uncertainties as possible. If your employer says you cannot go to court, call us.
You should call Court Administration's recorded message after 5:00 p.m. on the evening before your court date to make sure the case was not taken off the calendar. The number for the recorded message is (218) 673-5064. If the case is still going to trial, but the date or time you are required to appear in court changes, you will be notified. This office will do everything possible to make your experience in court a positive one. We will explain the court process, review your testimony and familiarize you with the courtroom. Typically, you will only be able to be in the courtroom during your testimony. If you want to hear other testimony, please ask the prosecuting attorney.
You can receive witness fees for attending court. If you are a minor child, you and your parent who brings you will receive witness fees. These fees include lost wages and mileage. This will be more fully explained on the day of trial.