Crime Victim Compensation:
Arizona law provides Crime Victim Compensation to U. S. residents. Victims may apply to the County Crime Victim Compensation Board to be paid for out-of-pocket costs. You may be eligible for compensation if:
- The crime was reported within 72 hours;
- A claim was filed within 1 year of the crime’s discovery;
- You willingly cooperate with law enforcement agencies;
- The crime directly resulted in physical injury, extreme mental distress, or death;
- Compensable loss was incurred as a direct result of the crime, and you are NOT serving a felony prosecution prison, probation or parole sentence.
If a defendant is charged and convicted, you may be eligible for restitution ordered by the court for costs incurred as a crime victim. Pain and suffering, and punitive damages cannot be considered for restitution purposes, but must be recovered through a civil court.
If you choose not to request restitution in the criminal proceeding, you may still seek a civil recovery for your financial losses.
A written restitution request must be filed before the defendant is sentenced. In order to impose restitution, evidence must be presented as to the victims loss. Financial losses must be clearly documented and copies of receipts and/or bills must be attached to your request. DO NOT forward original documents.
A court can order restitution for losses caused by the defendant’s conduct even if the conduct was uncharged, as long as the conduct was connected to the conduct for which he/she was convicted. Thus, restitution can include lost wages and travel to attend court proceedings.