Victim Compensation Program


Restitution Information

In California, a crime victim has a constitutional right to RESTITUTION.
Restitution defined in a law dictionary means “the act of making good or giving equivalent for, any loss, damage or injury”.  Restitution involves restoring economic losses incurred by crime victims or returning what was taken from them as a result of a crime.  The purpose of restitution is to help victims recover from any financial hardship caused by criminal activity.
Components of restitution include, but may not be limited to:

  • Medical and dental expenses for crime-related injuries
  • Funeral/burial expense
  • Relocation expenses
  • Mental Health and counseling expenses
  • Lost, damaged, or stolen property
  • Financial losses resulting from theft, forgery, embezzlement, etc.
  • Income loss


The District Attorney’s Office and Probation Department assist victims to obtain restitution from convicted defendants in every appropriate case.  It is recommended that you keep copies of bills, receipts and estimates of expenses related to the crime to help calculate the amount of your restitution.  Prosecutors can seek a restitution order from the judge handling the criminal case at the time of sentencing.  If the defendant’s sentence includes probation, the Deputy Probation Officer may contact you for your restitution input in order to determine restitution and collect as a condition of probation.

The District Attorney Victim-Witness Assistance staff is available to assist victims in making an application to the Victim Compensation & Government Claims Board (The VCGCB).  The VCGCB administers a program that will assist eligible victim with losses that may be reimbursable by the program.  Those losses do NOT include financial and property losses, but may include assistance with crime-related medical, dental, mental health, relocation and funeral/burial expenses, among other losses.

For more information about victim restitution contact the District Attorney’s Office Victim-Witness Assistance Program or, click here:

Financial Recovery: A Victim's Guide to Restitution

For more information about the Victim Compensation & Government Claims Board services, click here: http://www.vcgcb.ca.gov/victims/

See brochure on Enforcing Criminal or Juvenile Court Restitution Orders as Civil Judgments.


Contact Information:

Santa Barbara
1112 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Tel: (805)568-2300


Santa Maria
312-D East Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Tel: (805)346-7540


115 E. Civic Center Plaza
Lompoc, CA 93436
Tel: (805)737-7760

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