When you are on probation for a crime, it is imperative you follow all the rules of your probation. One misstep can land you back in jail, which means additional fines and penalties. A successful probationary term includes one where you stay out of trouble, pay your fines, and appear back in Court when ordered. One of the fines you might be ordered to pay is called restitution.
Florida statues define restitution as payment that:
● Compensates a victim for the damage or loss caused by the defendant’s offense.
● Compensates a victim for losses associated with criminal conduct.
● Restitution may be monetary, or non-monetary.
The law provides that restitution payments are a condition of probation. This means if you fail to make the payments or make non-monetary restitution you can be charged with a probation violation. Restitution is required to be paid in addition to other fines that the Court orders as part of your probationary term. Failure to make any of the Court ordered payments is a violation. If you have been ordered to pay restitution and are experiencing financial difficulties, you should immediately contact a criminal defense attorney for help. Simply not paying is unacceptable and will only escalate your case.
If you’ve been charged with a probation violation or are having problems making restitution, call an experienced criminal defense attorney. Skilled criminal defense attorneys in Stuart and the Treasure Coast are here to help. Your first visit is a free initial consultation. Call us today to schedule an appointment.