At sentencing, the court can order the defendant to make restitution (pay for the victim’s losses caused by the crime). The defendant has the right, even after trial, to a restitution hearing to challenge the order. Although they are relatively rare, if a restitution hearing is held, the victim’s appearance in court may be required.

Victim Impact Statement

If you are seeking restitution, you must itemize and document your losses, damages, and injuries on the Victim Impact Statement provided by the State Attorney’s Office. Attach bills, receipts, and estimates to support your claim. These documents must be given to the State Attorney’s Office prior to sentencing.