Victim Impact Panels in Westchester County are sponsored by The Westchester County Department of Probation, The Westchester County STOP DWI Program and The Westchester County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

DWI is a serious crime. Please don’t drink and drive.

Q. Is there a cost to attend a Westchester County Virtual Victim Impact Panel?
A. Yes. For those requiring proof of attendance there is a non-refundable $100.00 fee which can be paid online only. There is also a processing fee imposed by the vendor to be paid by the participant.

Q. How long does the panel last?
A. It is anticipated that the virtual Victim Impact Panel will last approximately one hour and 45 minutes, once the presentation begins.

Q. Will I need to be breathalyzed to participate in this program?
A. Since the panel will be conducted in a virtual platform, we will be unable to breathalyze anyone. It should be noted that attendees must remain “on camera” throughout the panel presentation. As such, staff will monitor attendees virtually for any signs of alcohol or illegal drug use. Anyone suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs may not receive a completion certificate and will forfeit their payment.

Q. Can I pay online or by phone?
A. As a result of the limitations of the virtual platform, all payments will have to be made online at using the code PLC# 7370. You must use a credit or debit card for payment. Cash or money orders cannot be used as a form of payment for this virtual event.

Q. How do I verify to the court that I attended?
A. Shortly after the end of the panel presentation you will receive, via email, a non-replaceable certificate verifying your attendance. The certificate will be sent to the email you used to register for this event.

Q. What happens if I lose my certificate?
A. If you lose your certificate you must attend another victim impact panel and pay the fee again. There are no exceptions.

Q. Do I have to be “on camera” (visible) during the entire Victim Impact Panel presentation?
A. Yes, you must remain “on camera” and visible during the entire Victim Impact Panel presentation. Staff will be monitoring the screens to make sure that everyone is “on-camera” and awake. Failure to comply may result in you not being issued a certificate of completion, and any fees paid will be forfeited.

Q. Do I need to display my full name on the screen during the virtual Victim Impact Panel presentation?
A. Yes. Your first and last name MUST be displayed on the screen at all times.

Q. Does my name on the screen need to match the email that I provide?
A. Yes. Your full name must match the email that you provided during the registration and payment process. We will use both to confirm your attendance and send the certificate of completion. Again, the email that is provided to us by you at the time of your registration and payment process is where the certificate will be sent.

Q. What virtual platform will be used and how do I access the Victim Impact Panel event?
A. Webex is the virtual platform that we are currently utilizing. After you have successfully registered and paid for the event, you will receive information regarding a link to access the Victim Impact Panel specifically for the date that you have registered. Do not share the link with anyone. That link is unique to you and the email address you provide at the time of registration. **You MUST retain the link to access the Victim Impact Panel.

Q. What electronic device can I use to access the virtual Victim Impact Panel?
A. You may use a computer, laptop or cell phone, but it MUST have audio and video which MUST be turned on, and you MUST be “on camera” and visible during the entire event.