915.21  Victim impact statement.

1.  A victim may present a victim impact statement to the court using one or more of the following methods:

a.  A victim may file a signed victim impact statement with the county attorney, and a filed impact statement shall be included in the presentence investigation report. If a presentence investigation report is not ordered by the court, a filed victim impact statement shall be provided to the court prior to sentencing.

b.  A victim may orally present a victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing, in the presence of the defendant, and at any hearing regarding reconsideration of sentence.

c.  If the victim is unable to make an oral or written statement because of the victim's age, or mental, emotional, or physical incapacity, the victim's attorney or a designated representative shall have the opportunity to make a statement on behalf of the victim.

2.  A victim impact statement shall include the identification of the victim of the offense, and may include the following:

a.  Itemization of any economic loss suffered by the victim as a result of the offense. For purposes of this paragraph, a pecuniary damages statement prepared by a county attorney pursuant to section 910.3 may serve as the itemization of economic loss.

b.  Identification of any physical injury suffered by the victim as a result of the offense with detail as to its seriousness and permanence.

c.  Description of any change in the victim's personal welfare or familial relationships as a result of the offense.

d.  Description of any request for psychological services initiated by the victim or the victim's family as a result of the offense.

e.  Any other information related to the impact of the offense upon the victim.

Section History: Recent form

  98 Acts, ch 1090, §17, 84

Internal References

  Referred to in § 235A.15, 235B.6

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