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Restitution in Federal Criminal Cases


Federal courts may not order a defendant to pay restitution to the victims of his or her crimes unless authorized by statute to do so. Several statutes supply such authorization. For instance, federal courts are statutorily required to order victim restitution when sentencing a defendant either for an offense against property, including fraud or deceit, proscribed in Title 18 of the United States Code or for a crime of violence. The obligation exists even if the defendant is indigent, and restitution must take the form of in-kind, lump sum, or installment payments. Federal courts are permitted, but not required, to order victim restitution when sentencing a defendant for any offense proscribed in Title 18 for which restitution is not required. Federal courts are permitted to order victim restitution when sentencing a defendant for various controlled substance and aviation safety offenses. In addition, a federal court may order restitution pursuant to a plea bargain or as a condition of probation or supervised release. This report is available in an abridged form-without footnotes, citations to most authorities, or appendixes-as CRS Report RS22708, Restitution in Federal Criminal Cases: A Sketch. Related reports include CRS Report RL33679, Crime Victims' Rights Act: A Summary and Legal Analysis of 18 U.S.C. 3771, by Charles Doyle, available in abridged form as CRS Report RS22518, Crime Victims' Rights Act: A Sketch of 18 U.S.C. 3771, by Charles Doyle


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Restitution in Federal Criminal Cases  [Order No: RL34138  Release Date: Aug 31,2009  Pages: 36]

Restitution in Federal Criminal Cases  [Order No: RL34138  Release Date: Aug 17,2007  Pages: 36]