Are There Time Limits on Victim Restitution?

The California Supreme Court recently depublished two appellate decisions on whether a victim can still seek restitution from a criminal defendant after that defendant is off of probation.

People v. Ford had held that criminal restitution could be sought even after a criminal defendant was off of probation.

People v. Hilton had found that unless a court reserved jurisdiction then jurisdiction is lost upon termination of probation.

The California Supreme Court will likely decide the issue within the next year.

If you have been a victim of a crime it is important that you meet with an attorney and make sure that the criminal courts enter all appropriate restitution orders prior to the time that the defendant is off of probation. Victim restitution includes medical bills, lost wages, attorney fees, and various costs.