Juvenile - Victims of Juvenile Crime

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I WANT TO BE HEARD!

UNDER GEORGIA LAW VICTIMS OF CERTAIN TYPES OF CRIME ARE ENTITLED TO MAKE A WRITTEN IMPACT STATEMENT. IN OTHER CASES, VICTIMS MAY ALSO MAKE ORAL IMPACT STATEMENTS TO THE COURT.

GEORGIA CODE §15-11-64.2
THE VICTIM MAY SUBMIT A VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT IF:

(1) THE ALLEGEDLY DELINQUENT CHILD, IN CONDUCT WHICH WOULD CONSTITUTE A FELONY IF COMMITTED BY AN ADULT, CAUSED PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, OR ECONOMIC INJURY TO THE VICTIM; OR
(2) THE ALLEGEDLY DELINQUENT CHILD, IN CONDUCT WHICH WOULD CONSTITUTE A MISDEMEANOR IF COMMITTED BY AN ADULT, CAUSED SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY OR DEATH TO THE VICTIM.

(C) A VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT SHALL:
(1) IDENTIFY THE VICTIM OF THE OFFENSE AND THE PERPETRATOR;
(2) ITEMIZE ANY ECONOMIC LOSS SUFFERED BY THE VICTIM AS A RESULT OF THE OFFENSE;
(3) IDENTIFY ANY PHYSICAL INJURY SUFFERED BY THE VICTIM AS A RESULT OF THE OFFENSE ALONG WITH ITS SERIOUSNESS AND PERMANENCE;
(4) DESCRIBE ANY CHANGE IN THE VICTIM’S PERSONAL WELFARE OR FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIPS AS A RESULT OF THE OFFENSE;
(5) IDENTIFY ANY REQUEST FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES INITIATED BY THE VICTIM OR THE VICTIM’S FAMILY AS A RESULT OF THE OFFENSE; AND
(6) CONTAIN ANY OTHER INFORMATION RELATED TO THE IMPACT OF THE OFFENSE UPON THE VICTIM THAT THE COURT REQUIRES.
(D) IF THE VICTIM IS UNABLE TO DO SO BECAUSE OF SUCH VICTIM’S MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, OR PHYSICAL INCAPACITY, OR BECAUSE OF SUCH VICTIM’S AGE, THE VICTIM’S ATTORNEY OR A FAMILY MEMBER MAY COMPLETE THE VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT FORM ON BEHALF OF THE VICTIM.
(E) THE COURT SHALL PROVIDE THE CHILD WITH A COPY OF THE VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME PRIOR TO ANY HEARING AT WHICH IT IS TO BE CONSIDERED AND ALLOW THE CHILD TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REBUT THE VICTIM’S WRITTEN STATEMENTS.
APPEAL ON BEHALF OF ANY PERSON.
DIRECTLY

IF YOU WISH TO PROVIDE A WRITTEN IMPACT STATEMENT YOU MAY FAX IT DIRECTLY TO DA’S OFFICE AT (478) 542-2137 OR HODAC AT(478) 953-5674
 

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