Will you be required to pay restitution for your crime?

If you have been convicted of committing a crime in Georgia, you could be facing a significant array of consequences depending on the seriousness of your offense and the consequences that resulted from it. Once you have been formally charged in the legal system, you may also face the requirement to pay restitution to anyone who was affected by your misdeeds. 

Restitution is most commonly awarded in monetary form, but you could also be required to pay back compensation for damages in other ways too. The restitution you give back is often used in helping any victims recover from the trauma they may have endured because of your behavior. Restitution is not always required but can be requested from victims even after your formal sentencing. Failure to pay restitution that has been required by the courts could leave you in danger of facing even more legal consequences. 

According to the United States Department of Justice, how much restitution you may be required to pay is determined after the courts evaluate the impact that the crime you committed has had on any victims in the case. In a majority of cases, legal fees are not part of what you will be required to pay in terms of restitution. This means you will most likely not be financially responsible for any attorney’s fees or legal fees the victims had to pay in regards to your case. If the process for determining an amount for restitution is too complicated, the court may dismiss the possibility of repayment altogether. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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