The Victim Services Unit of the DuPage 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 Police Department that assisted you or the State's Attorney's Office prior to the completion of the case. In order to receive your restitution, send 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. 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 administered by either the State's Attorney's Office or the Department of Probation. Any questions that you may have relating to restitution should be addressed to the following agencies:
- If your restitution is ordered through Probation, you may contact the DuPage County Probation Department at 630-407-8411. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- If your restitution is ordered payable through the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office or if you are unsure of where your restitution is ordered through, you may contact the Victim Services Unit Restitution Department of the State's Attorney's Office at 630-407-8231. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday