Restitution FAQ for Victims
We have assembled answers to the questions most frequently asked about restitution and a victim's rights. These answers do not cover every situation, so please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Restitution defined
- Requesting restitution
- How do I request restitution if I am the victim of a crime?
- Do I have a right to restitution from the defendant?
- Under what circumstances may the court reduce/waive a restitution fine?
- Under what circumstances may the court reduce/waive a restitution order?
- How does the payment get to me?
- How is the issue of restitution affected when some charges against a defendant are dismissed as a result of a plea negotiation?
- Collecting restitution
- How can I collect on a restitution order?
- At the time of sentencing, a victim's losses are not yet known. How should the issue of assessing a restitution order be handled?
- How can I obtain information regarding a defendant’s assets?
- How do I obtain copies of the restitution order and the defendant’s financial disclosure statement?
- Can a restitution fine or order, imposed in juvenile proceedings, be collected from the offenders' parents?
- What is the restitution fine structure for juvenile offenders?
- Restitution and the courts
- Can the court order the defendant to pay me for the cost of collecting the restitution order?
- Can the court order the defendant to pay me for losses where my insurance company has already reimbursed me for those losses?
- Can the court order a defendant to pay restitution to a public agency for costs of emergency response?
- A defendant, charged with a felony offense, has been placed on court-ordered diversion. Is restitution applicable in this case?