Victim Impact Panels
Many defendants convicted of DUI in the Spartanburg Magistrate Courts are required by their sentence to attend a victim impact panel. A victim impact panel is a one hour program in which individuals convicted of DUI listen to victims who have had a loved one killed or who have been permanently injured by an impaired driver. Victims tell their stories by way of video and/or in person, simply sharing their story of how an impaired driver impacted their lives. A volunteer conducts the victim impact panel and follows a script in order to assure consistency. There is no preaching, lecturing or condemnation. The goal is to get offenders to think about and realize the potential consequences of driving under the influence. Hopefully, this will reduce recidivism, make our roads safer, and save lives.
Victim impact panels in Spartanburg County are conducted in Conference Room 6 of the County Administration Building, 366 N. Church Street, Spartanburg, SC. The panels start promptly at 7:00 p.m. If you are late, you will not be admitted. Rescheduling is not permitted. There is a $25.00 fee to be paid at the time of attendance. The program will last approximately one hour. No children will be allowed, but drivers, spouses, & adult friends are allowed to remain with the participant throughout the victim impact panel. Drinking or illicit drug use prior to or during attendance is strictly prohibited.
An attendance roll is kept by a volunteer and forwarded to the Spartanburg County Magistrate Courts. If a DUI offender's sentence has been suspended by the judge on the condition that he attend a victim impact panel, it is mandatory that the offender attend when required in order to have his sentence suspended. Noncompliance will result in the original sentence being imposed immediately.
Victim impact panels will be conducted in Spartanburg County on the following dates in 2005:
A Statewide schedule of Victim Impact Panels can be found here.