Restitution

If a defendant is convicted, the court may order restitution – reimbursement paid to the victim by the defendant.  Restitution may include property damage and loss, medical expenses, and in some cases, loss of wages due to personal injury.

Victims may complete a property loss form (English PDF icon or Spanish PDF icon) or a personal injury loss form (English PDF icon or Spanish PDF icon) to list losses.  It is important for victims to complete the form as accurately as possible and to include documentation of losses so that clear information is available to the court at the time of sentencing.  Copies of all bills, receipts and canceled checks related to the financial losses and medical expenses should be provided to the District Attorney's Office as soon as possible.

Restitution is ordered as part of the sentence imposed upon the defendant by the judge.  While the District Attorney will urge the judge to order the full amount of restitution requested, it is the judge who decides if restitution is to be ordered and in what amount.  This is why documenting your loss is so important.

The defendant has the entire period of probation or post-prison supervision to pay the restitution ordered.  Payments are made through the Clerk of the Court and the Court disburses the restitution to the victim.  Additional information is available in our Restitution brochure (English PDF icon or Spanish PDF icon).