Restitution is court ordered reimbursement to a crime victim from a defendant convicted of committing the crime against them. This type of reimbursement is ordered from a Superior Court Judge at the time of sentencing and becomes part of the defendant’s official criminal sentence. The District Attorney’s Office will make recommendations to the Court based on documents submitted by the crime victim.
These expenses are not to be confused with pain and suffering that is awarded by the civil courts at the conclusion of a civil law suit.
To submit a Restitution Request, please complete the application and send to the District Attorney’s Office.
The list of possible items may include, but is not limited to, the following types of expenses:
- Counseling (victim, spouse, and dependents)
- Medical / hospital (bills, replace / repair cost for glasses, dentures, wheelchair, prosthetics, hearing aid, etc.)
- Funeral / burial costs (including headstone)
- Rehab / occupational therapy
- Travel (mileage, cab fare, parking fees, etc.)
- Child Care
In determining the nature and amount of restitution, the court shall consider (O.C.G.A. §17-14-10):
- The financial resources and other assets of the offender or person ordered to pay restitution including whether any of the assets are jointly controlled
- The earnings and other income of the offender or person ordered to pay restitution
- Any financial obligations of the offender or person ordered to pay restitution, including obligations to dependents
- The amount of damages
- The goal of restitution to the victim and the goal of rehabilitation of the offender
- Any restitution previously made
- The period of time during which the restitution order will be in effect
- Other factors which the Court deems to be appropriate