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Definition of Restitution

Defendants who are found guilty of a crime or who lose a criminal case may be required to pay the victim restitution or payment to compensate for damages or losses related to the crime or civil case. Restitution can vary based on the offender's ability to pay or the plaintiff's loss. Restitution can be paid to the victims, their families and other survivors of the crime. Restitution may be paid for most of the victim's losses and can include: medical bills, lost wages, transportation, damaged property, anticipated expenses and counseling. Restitution is not paid for pain and suffering, expenses not related to the crime committed by the defendant or expenses which were caused by another individual who was not charged or convicted of a crime.

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