Will the defendant be sentenced the same day he/she is found guilty of a violent crime?
In violent crime cases, a sentencing hearing is scheduled approximately 30 days after the trial ends. A pre-sentence investigation report (PSI)will be completed by the probation department for the judge to review before sentencing the defendant. The violent crime victim also has the right to present a victim impact statement (VIS) at the sentencing hearing. The VIS must be done in writing in conjunction with the State’s Attorneys office prior to the sentencing. Please contact the assigned victim coordinator for assistance with the VIS.

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1. Will the defendant be sentenced the same day he/she is found guilty of a violent crime?
2. What is a victim impact statement?