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As a victim, you are not required to attend court unless you received a subpoena. You do have the right to attend the hearings if you wish. Please contact our office if you plan to attend a hearing and the Victim Witness Coordinator can accompany you to the courtroom and provide helpful information.
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Sherburne County Victim Witness Services Phone: 763-765-4756Email Michelle Berner
Sherburne County Government Center
13880 Business Center DriveSuite 100
Elk River, MN 55330
Our office is located within the County Attorney's Office.
Read our Court Hearings Brochure (PDF) for what to expect in a court hearings.
Please contact the Victim Witness Coordinator at 763-765-4756 or email Michelle Berner to express your wishes and the Coordinator will go over your different options.
The State of Minnesota has filed criminal charges in the case, not the victim. Please contact the Victim Witness Coordinator at 763-765-4756 or email Michelle Berner regarding your thoughts and wishes for the outcome of the case. The Coordinator will ensure your input is considered.
You must provide a written request to our office stating who you are, what you would like copies of, why you would like the police report and your contact information. You can either send your request via email to Michelle Berner, mail or drop off in person at our office located at:
Restitution may be ordered by the Court to restore the victim for expenses incurred related to the crime. Restitution can be ordered both in adult and juvenile criminal cases at sentencing (adult) and disposition (juvenile) hearings. Contact Victim Witness Services for more information.
You must complete an Affidavit for Restitution (PDF). Here you will provide a list of your losses, the dollar value of repair or replacement, and receipts or reasons justifying the amounts. The form should be filed as soon as possible.
To recuperate your losses, we need to have this information before a plea of guilt.
Examples of losses covered by restitution include, but are not limited to:
Copies of bills, receipts, insurance claim forms, and estimates should be attached to the affidavit of restitution form. The form must also include the defendant’s name and court file numbers. If you need help or assistance completing the affidavit of restitution form, please call the Sherburne County Crime Victim / Witness Office at 763-765-4756.
Reparations (PDF) is money available to assist victims with certain costs incurred as a result of a crime, such as:
Property damage or loss is not covered. Most claims must be filed within three years of the incident. Victims of violent crimes should file a claim for reparations even if they are also requesting restitution. It is not guaranteed the offender will pay restitution and not all victims are eligible for reparations. Form more information, contact the Victim Witness office.
A Victim Impact Statement (PDF) may be the only means of making offenders aware of the harm they have caused. A Victim Impact Statement can be written or oral. It gives the victim an opportunity to provide information for the judge to consider at sentencing and allows the victim to express the pain, anguish, and financial devastation the crime has caused. It also provides the court with information, which leads to appropriate sentences and suitable restitution.
According to the law, the victim determines how the statement should be presented at the sentencing or disposition hearing. They may choose one of the following:
The following are items to consider including in your Victim Impact Statement:
We encourage you to limit the facts to those which are unique to you and which the Court does not have knowledge of already. Contact the Victim Witness Office for more information.
There are a few ways to check on the status of an offender in Minnesota. You will need to know the offenders name.