Will I receive restitution or compensation for property loss and injuries?

If the defendant is convicted, the judge may order, as part of the sentence, that the defendant pay restitution to the victim. Restitution, if ordered, will cover only expenses that the victim has sustained as a direct result of the crime. The problem in securing restitution is that many defendants have no ability to pay restitution or are sentenced to prison where there is no likelihood that they will send money to the victim.

The State's Attorney will always try to seek restitution if there is some hope of it being paid. However, it is up to the sentencing judge to determine the amount and to order payment.

When restitution is ordered, payment is generally spread out over several months and payments are made through the Circuit Clerk's Office.

Injuries suffered as a result of certain crimes are recoverable through the Victim's Compensation Act.

If you sustain a physical injury (no property loss is considered) that results in $200 or more of expenses and the injury was from certain violent crimes, you may file a claim with the Illinois Attorney General's Office under the Victim's Compensation Act.

The State's Attorney's Victim/Witness Assistant can assist you in processing a claim.

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1. What should I do if I am a victim of a crime?
2. How does the state's attorney's office decide whether to file charges?
3. What if charges are filed?
4. When will I be called to appear as a witness?
5. Will there always be a trial?
6. Are all trials by jury?
7. What happens after a defendant is convicted at trial or pleads guilty?
8. Do I need an attorney?
9. How will I be notified about the case?
10. Will I have to take off from work to appear in court?
11. How will I get to the courthouse in Whiteside?
12. What if I am threatened in connection with the case?
13. What if the defense attorney or the defendant contacts me about the case?
14. How do I get items held as evidence returned to me?
15. Will I receive restitution or compensation for property loss and injuries?
16. Will I be notified of what happens to the defendant in a case where I am the victim?
17. What if I need more information or a question answered?