What is restitution?
Restitution forms part of a criminal case. It’s usually a type of money that has to be paid back or something that has to be paid back to a victim. So whether it’s a simple case, like a petty theft, if you’ve stolen something, you have to pay back the merchandise that you’ve taken. However, we’ve handled cases of healthcare fraud and mortgage fraud in which restitution has been twenty, thirty million dollars. Even after you’ve served your time, you have to pay back restitution, and that can be crippling for somebody.
Most attorneys don’t realize that even if you can’t pay that money back, it often gets converted to a civil judgement, and then later on in your life if you ever want to purchase a house or you win the lottery, they come after you for that money. So it is essential to have an attorney who understands the impact that restitution is not only going to have on your criminal case, but on your financial stability and on the financial stability of your family for the rest of your life.