Maine Revised Statutes

§1174. Sentencing procedure

1.    The victim must be provided the opportunity to participate at sentencing by:
A. Making an oral statement in open court; or [1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW).]
B. Submitting a written statement to the court either directly or through the attorney for the State. A written statement must be made part of the record. [1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW).]
An attorney for the victim may submit a written statement or make an oral statement on the victim's behalf.
[ 2015, c. 282, §1 (AMD) .]
2.    The court shall consider any statement made under subsection 1, along with all other appropriate factors, in determining the sentence.
[ 1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW) .]
3.    Unlike victims defined under section 1171, family members not within that definition, close friends of the victim, community members and other interested persons do not have a right to participate at sentencing. Participation by such interested persons is a matter for the court's discretion in determining what information to consider when sentencing.
[ 1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW) .]
1995, c. 680, §5 (NEW). 2015, c. 282, §1 (AMD).