In criminal law, a victim of a crime is an identifiable person who has been harmed individually and directly by another's criminal
activity. There are crimes of different natures, which can result in unique issues for victims. There are a number of resources available
to assist victims of crime to navigate their way through the criminal justice system. Some of those resources are listed in the "Related
External Links" menu in the left column of the page.
Restitution is the money a judge orders the offender to pay to the victim(s) to compensate for damages related to a crime. Restitution
is part of the offender's sentence and can be ordered in both adult and juvenile cases following a conviction or a plea of guilty.
The amount of restitution ordered by the judge depends on the victim's expenses related to the crime and the offender's ability to
pay. The expenses might include: medical/dental expenses, lost wages due to the crime, or stolen or damaged property.
If you are the victim of a crime that has been prosecuted, you may be contacted by law enforcement, the Becker County Attorney's
Office, or the Department of Corrections to complete a Restitution Affidavit to request compensation for your losses. The Request for
Restitution and Affidavit by Crime Victim form is provided below: