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Victim Restitution

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Encuesta de Necesidades Legales Civiles de Arizona

Las organizaciones legales civiles en Arizona buscan su opinión para aumentar su capacidad de satisfacer las necesidades legales civiles de los residentes de bajos ingresos de Arizona. Por favor complete esta encuesta para ayudar a mejorar los servicios legales civiles en Arizona.

Victim Restitution

What is victim restitution?

Restitution is a court-ordered payment from a person convicted of a crime to a victim of that crime. Restitution is a payment for losses that occured because of a crime. It may include repaying money that was stolen, paying to repair or replace damaged property, or paying medical bills for injuries that happened during the crime.

What is a restitution lien?

There are 2 types of restitution liens in Arizona:

  • A Criminal Restitution Order (CRO) is entered when a defendant's probation or criminal sentence ends and money to the victim is still owed. To see if a CRO is already entered in your case, either contact the Victim Service Unit of the prosecutor's office or the County Recorder's office. 
  • A Restitution Lien takes place when there is no CRO. The lien can be put on a defendant's property or vehicle. They are filed with the Secretary of State, County Recorder, or Motor Vehicle Department.
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