What happens if restitution is not paid?
Although the judge may order restitution as part of the sentence, the defendant may still not pay or make full restitution through the criminal court. A petition to revoke could be filed for failure to pay and a hearing held. However unless it can be shown that the defendant willfully did not pay restitution and has the means to pay it, it is unlikely they would be penalized for not having the financial ability to pay restitution. The Judge could decide whether other remedies would be taken such as ordering the defendant to do public service hours in place of completing restitution or extending the probationary time. If a defendant has successfully completed all other sentence terms, and/or some attempt to pay has been made, the court may terminate the case without payment of restitution.

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1. Is there money to help cover medical expenses as a result of violent crime committed against me?
2. Will the defendant be ordered to pay restitution?
3. If restitution is ordered how does it get to the victim?
4. How long does the defendant get to pay restitution?
5. What happens if restitution is not paid?
6. Is there money to help violent crime victims and families of homicide with medical, counseling, and burial expenses?
7. What is the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Compensation Program and who is eligible?