Can I write and present a victim impact statement for a non-violent crime in court?
Formal victim impact statements presented in court are on “violent” crime cases. However the State’s Attorney office takes all victims of crime very seriously. Your input is valued and will be taken into consideration along with other factors by the prosecutor before plea agreements or sentence hearings. The prosecutor may need a victim to testify at the sentencing regarding restitution. Non violent crime victims may also receive a form letter requesting input regarding restitution information and asking the impact the crime has had upon them prior to a court date or disposition of a case. Non violent crime victims may also contact our office and ask to speak to the prosecutor assigned to the case or ask to speak to the victim coordinator who can assist you with questions. If there are out of pocket damages or theft (not covered by insurance) please supply the prosecutor with documentation and receipts before the case is resolved. The State’s Attorney's Office number is 847-377-3000 and fax: 1-847-360-1538. All faxes should have a cover sheet with the case information, defendant’s name, case number, and explanation of out of pocket restitution vs. insurance coverage

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1. What type of services and information can I get through Victim Witness Assistance Unit?
2. If I am the victim in a criminal case, do I need to hire an attorney?
3. Can I drop charges against the defendant/offender?
4. Are defendants required to attend all court dates?
5. Are crime victim(s) or witnesses required to go to all court dates?
6. Can victims attend court dates?
7. How do I find out the next court date?
8. Will a Victim Witness Assistance Coordinator be assigned to every case?
9. How can an offender plea not guilty if he/she made a statement to the police or there are witnesses to the crime?
10. Who decides if the defendant pleas guilty or request a trial?
11. Will I have to testify in court?
12. What do I do if I receive a subpoena to testify?
13. What should I do if the defense attorney or investigator contacts me?
14. How long will I be in court?
15. Can a friend or relative be in court when I testify?
16. Will the defendant be in the courtroom when I testify?
17. What time does court start?
18. Where do I park when I come to the court house or Lake County State’s Attorney Office?
19. Does the victim of crime have input on the criminal case?
20. What is a victim impact statement?
21. Who can present a victim impact statement (VIS) in court?
22. When should a violent crime victim prepare or write a victim impact statement (VIS)?
23. When does the victim present the victim impact statement (VIS) in court?
24. How many victim impact statements can be presented in court?
25. Is a violent crime victim required to complete a victim impact statement (VIS)?
26. Can I write and present a victim impact statement for a non-violent crime in court?
27. Is there money to help cover medical expenses as a result of violent crime committed against me?
28. Is there money to help violent crime victims and families of homicide with medical, counseling, and burial expenses?
29. What is the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Compensation Program and who is eligible?
30. Is counseling available to violent crime victims?