Compensation and Restitution

Restitution is financial compensation that a criminal defendant may be required to pay to crime victims for property damage, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Under South Caroline law, Section 17-25-322, after a perpetrator is convicted, the court must hold a hearing to determine the amount of restitution owed the victim.

Yes. They are two different processes. A victim can seek restitution as part of the criminal action and, at the same time, sue the perpetrator in civil court for compensatory damages. A victim may also complete an application with the Department of Crime Victim Compensation for some expenses, including medical costs.

In addition to the criminal action, a victim may sue the perpetrator in civil court for compensatory damages to make them whole. Compensatory damages can go beyond pecuniary or money losses and include payment for such intangible harms like pain and suffering, humiliation, and damage to reputation.

It depends. Fill out an online intake or call us at (803) 509-6552 to complete one over the phone.

It depends. Fill out an online intake or call us at (803) 509-6552 to complete one over the phone.