Victim Restitution - Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when I'm ordered to pay Victim Restitution through the Court Collections Unit?
If the judge ordered you to pay victim restitution and the amount was:
Are there Statutes of Limitations on Victim Restitution?
There is no statute of limitations on restitution fines and orders. This order is enforceable in the same manner as a civil judgment and remains in effect until the obligation is fully satisfied.
If the court ordered you to pay victim restitution, California Penal Code § 1202.4(5) states you must complete and file a financial statement based on your financial status with the court “Defendants Statement of Assets”.
Why am I being assessed a 15% fee on top of the Victim Restitution owed?
Per California Penal Code § 1202.4,(l) “At its discretion, the Board of Supervisors of any county may impose a fee to cover the actual administrative cost of collecting the restitution fine, not to exceed 15 percent of the amount ordered to be paid, to be added to the restitution".
What can happen if I do not make my payments as agreed for Victim Restitution?
The court can take, but is not limited to, the following actions:
If I am a victim, how will I receive monies paid by the defendant?
**** As the victim, it is your right to pursue collections of restitution on your own at any time. If you choose to do this, you must advise the Court Collections Unit in writing of your decision.
If I am a victim, what do I do if I have moved or have a name change?
Notify the Court Collections Unit in writing of any changes to your address and/or name change.
Please direct inquiries, which include the case number and defendant's name, to:
If the defendant is in State Prison, how do I collect my Victim Restitution?
Contact the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at:
Toll Free Phone: 1 (877) 256-6877
You may also contact the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office – Criminal Restitution Specialist at 925-957-8655 for more information.