If you have been accused of a criminal offense that included a monetary loss to a victim, such as theft or vandalism, you may be wondering (or hoping) that paying the victim back will keep you out of jail. This may, or may not, actually be the case. In order to understand why you need to have a better understanding of how the criminal justice system operates, specifically with regard to the issue of restitution to a victim. Many criminal offenses include a victim. Sometimes the victim is actually injured during the commission of the crime whereas in other crimes
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