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FAQ: Restitution Defined

What is restitution?

Restitution means paying back. As defined in a law dictionary, restitution is “the act of making good or giving equivalent for any loss, damage or injury”.

What is the purpose of restitution?

The purpose of restitution is to help victims recover from any financial hardship caused by a criminal activity.

What is the difference between a restitution fine and a restitution order?

Under state law, every offender convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in California is required to pay a restitution fine. All restitution fines paid by offenders go to the Restitution Fund which supports CalVCP. The court imposes a restitution order to cover actual crime related expenses incurred by a victim as a result of the crime.

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