The Victim Witness Coordinator of the LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office assists in the financial reimbursement of victims who have suffered out-of-pocket expenses resulting from a criminal offense.
I have incurred expenses as a result of a crime; can I be reimbursed through the criminal case? When a crime is committed against an individual and the perpetrator is arrested, prosecuted and found guilty of the crime, the court may order the defendant to pay restitution as a part of his sentence.
What is restitution? Restitution is a form of reimbursement for victims of criminal cases for actual out-of-pocket expenses, losses, damages, and injuries suffered by the victim(s) as a result of the defendant’s criminal conduct. Restitution does not cover any punitive damages.
Who can get court ordered restitution? Article 5 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes regarding sentencing allows the court to sentence the defendant to pay restitution in all convictions for offenses in violation of the Illinois Criminal Code in which a victim received any injury to their person or damage to their real or personal property as a result of the criminal act.
What do I need to do in order to receive my court ordered restitution? If you feel you are owed restitution through a criminal case that you are involved with, you must inform the State’s Attorney’s Office prior to the case’s completion. In order to receive your restitution, keep all copies of any bills, receipts, insurance documentation, and estimates relating to the actual out-of-pocket expenses, losses, damages, and injuries you have incurred as a result of the defendant’s criminal conduct. You may be required to make this information available to the court for review. Please keep the State’s Attorney’s Office informed of any addresses changes that may occur.
Am I guaranteed my restitution? Unfortunately, restitution is not a guarantee. If a defendant is found not guilty, you may have to pursue restitution through civil litigation. If a defendant is found guilty but refuses to pay restitution or is unable to comply with restitution, the State’s Attorney’s Office will attempt enforcement procedures against the defendant. However, a defendant may be allowed to satisfy restitution through other forms of sentencing options. These sentencing options are at the discretion of the court.
Where can I get information regarding my court ordered restitution? When a judge sentences a defendant in a criminal case to pay restitution, the restitution will be ordered payable through the Circuit Clerk’s Office. Any questions that you may have relating to restitution payments should be addressed to the following agency:
- LaSalle County Circuit Clerk at (815) 434-8271. Regular office hours are 8:00AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday.