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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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