The victim/witness coordinator provides assistance to victims and witnesses involved in either adult or juvenile court processes.
If you are a victim or witness and have questions, call 507-332-6103 or email [email protected].
Victim assistance efforts include advocacy and support throughout the criminal proceedings. Minnesota law grants numerous rights to victims of crime, including:
- The right to be notified of a decision not to prosecute a domestic assault or harassment case
- The right to be notified of the final disposition of the case
- The right to be notified of plea negotiations, changes in scheduling of court appearances, including date, time and place of sentencing
- The right to be present at sentencing and to object orally or in writing to a proposed plea agreement or sentence
- The right to request that law enforcement keep your identity confidential from the public. The agency may comply if you are a victim of sexual assault or your personal safety or property is threatened
Victim impact statement
A victim impact statement is also an important component of victim's rights. It provides the victim with an opportunity to give information to the judge to consider at sentencing and allows the victim to express the pain, anguish and devastation caused by the crime. These statements can be in writing or presented orally in court by the victim, the victim/witness coordinator or the prosecutor.
For additional help on preparing the statement, view the Victim Impact Statement brochures.