Victims of crime are entitled to be paid for money or other property damaged or destroyed or otherwise lost as a result of a crime. This payment is called “restitution”.
Based on a victim’s actual losses (out-of-pocket expenses) the Court may order a “reasonable amount” of restitution. As a result, it is necessary for the victim to assist the Prosecutor and the Victim Assistance Office to locate all paperwork or other records and information concerning possible restitution. If this is not done, restitution may not be ordered. If you have any questions on how to obtain estimates, or questions concerning your case, please call Victim Assistance.
Obtainable restitution may include the following: medical expenses, dental expenses, the cost to repair or replace damaged or stolen property, money stolen, insurance deductibles, and/or ongoing health care costs.
- Make a detailed list of every item stolen, damaged, or lost in the crime.
- Submit all medical/dental bills, repair/replacement bills/estimates, receipts for out-of-pocket expenses, and/or insurance deductible information to Victim Assistance. Faxes are acceptable. We will make copies and prepare the restitution for the Court and either the City Attorney or the County Attorney.
- Two (2) estimates are necessary for restitution in car accidents. These estimates must be on the business letterhead. We cannot accept any handwritten statements from you, your friends or family about what your property is worth. We need valid estimates from businesses that deal with that type of property.
- The Court determines how much money you receive for restitution based on the estimates/costs for replacement or repair that you provided to Victim Assistance Office. If you forget something, we cannot go back to the Court once sentencing has taken place.
- According to Wyoming Statutes, if you get paid by your insurance company for a loss and later receive restitution from the defendant YOU MUST REPAY YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY OR FACE POSSIBLE PROSECUTION.
- If restitution is ordered in your case, the defendant will pay the monies to the Court. The Court then sends the restitution to you.
You are responsible for all of your bills. Whether restitution is ordered in your case or not, you are the one to ensure that your bills get paid. It is your credit rating that is at risk!