Colorado Court Rules That for Restitution, State Agencies Don’t Always “Count”

court_seal_1107940.jpgThe Colorado Court of Appeals held recently that, in order for a state agency to receive restitution from someone convicted of a crime, the agency had to be specifically listed in the restitution requirement or in the statute prohibiting the underlying crime, according to an article in Law Week Online.

The Court of Appeals made this ruling in a case in which a person convicted of causing injuries in a CO traffic accident was ordered to pay about $400,000 to a state medical facility to cover the medical care for the injured person. The Court of Appeals reversed the order, saying that because the law under which the person was convicted didn’t say state agencies could receive restitution, it was not proper to require restitution to be paid.

Restitution is a common part of the consequences a convicted person faces in Colorado. It typically involves paying back any injured party for the costs they suffered as a result of the crime. For instance, a person convicted of shoplifting in Colorado may be required to pay back the cost of the shoplifted items as restitution, or a person who commits vandalism may be required to pay for the costs of restoring the vandalized property.

The financial costs of a Colorado criminal conviction go beyond possible fines to include costs like court costs and restitution. If you’re facing a crime charge in Colorado, please don’t hesitate to call an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. To discuss your case with us confidentially and free of charge, call us today at (719) 475-2555.

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