Victim Restitution

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If the Court ordered you to pay victim restitution as a term of your probation, California Penal Code section 1202.4(5) states that because you were ordered to pay restitution you must complete and file a financial statement based on your financial status as of the date of your arrest. This statement must list all your assets, income, and liabilities including any that you may have claim for in the future.

Please complete the Defendant's Statement of Assets. Leaving site

I Have Been Ordered to Pay Restitution

If You Are a Victim

The Enhanced Collections Division will make every effort to ensure the defendant is in compliance with the court's order however, we cannot guarantee full restitution will be made to you.

If you have any questions, please refer to the defendant's case number when you write or call.


I Have Been Ordered to Pay Restitution

  • I was ordered to pay victim restitution. Now what?
  • If the judge ordered you to pay victim restitution, you may be contacted by the Probation Department for further information.

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  • I'm being assessed a 15% fee on top of the restitution owed. Why? (Adult cases only)
  • California law allows the addition of a 15% administrative fee to help recover the cost of collecting the restitution fine.

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  • What if I dispute the amount of restitution?
  • Please contact the Probation Department.

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  • How do I pay the restitution and administrative fee?
  • You may make your payment online at www.epay-it.com with a credit or debit card, use a credit card over the phone, mail in a check, or go to any Riverside County Court location that is open to the public. If you are unable to make payment in full, please call or visit one of the Enhanced Collections locations to set payment arrangements. Do not mail cash payments.

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  • Are there statutes of limitations on victim restitution?
  • No, restitution fines and orders can be pursued until they are paid in full.

    Penal Code section 1202.4(m) and Penal Code section 1214, ("Until the obligation is satisfied"). The Penal Code section 1214 ten-year limit does not apply to restitution.

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  • What can happen if I do not make my payments as agreed for victim restitution?
The following are some actions the court can take, but is not limited to:
  • Pursuant to California Government Code sections 12419.8 and 12419.10, the court may intercept your state tax refund and/or state lottery winnings to pay any outstanding balance you owe the court.
  • An allegation of Violation of Probation may be filed if you fail to make your payments as agreed.
  • Civil action may be taken against you, which can include added fees, garnishment of your wages, and liens against your property.
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For other ways of paying check out 'How Can I Pay.'


If You Are a Victim

  • What happens if I do not receive monies?
  • Enhanced Collections will make every effort to obtain the defendant's compliance, however, payment cannot be guaranteed. You may seek information about how to collect on your own by either visiting the Self Help Small Claims site, calling the small claims advisor at (Riverside): 951-274-4499; (Desert Region): 760-393-2163 or by e-mailing the advisor.

    You  may also meet with the small claims advisor in person.  To view dates, times and locations please click here.

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  • How will I receive monies paid by the defendant?
  • Court warrants (checks) will be issued to you as payments are received from the defendant.

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  • When will I receive a payment on restitution?
  • When a payment is received by the defendant, the payment will be spilt (if multiple victims) and sent to the victims involved in the case requesting restitution.

    If monies are received from the defendant in the form of a personal check, payment is held in trust for 30 days until the check has cleared the bank.

    If you still have not received payment one of the following may have occurred:
    1. The defendant has not made a payment;
    2. The court does not have a current mailing address for you; or
    3. The case has been sent back to court for a hearing regarding the matter.

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    • What do I do if I moved?
    • Contact the Enhanced Collections Division.

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