The Criminal Justice Process
I hope that no victim ever feels re-victimized by the criminal justice system. That no victim feels left out of any step of the process in our efforts to seek justice for them and their families. I hope that a victim can wake up without fear and know that they have support and strength in their victim advocate to help them in their healing.
Report Date/Status Hearing
After a defendant’s guilty plea is accepted or he/she is found guilty after a trial, the judge decides what happens. The defendant may be sent to prison or jail, or the sentence may be “suspended,” and the defendant put on probation. Probation means the defendant is left free as long as he/she does what the judge has told him/her to do. He/she may also be placed in other programs, such as “Community Corrections.” **
Victim’s Impact Statement – You will be given the opportunity to provide a written impact statement to be submitted by a probation office as part of the pre-sentence report to be reviewed by the court prior to sentencing. If you wish to make an oral statement at the time of sentencing, please contact the District Attorney’s Office prior to the hearing.