My husband has a civil case pending from the victims of the crime ( non-violent- there were theft charges of guns and money). They were granted $84K in restitution in federal court. My husband has been paying while in prison since 2013. Does the federal restitution take precedence over any civil award they may receive? The civil matter is still in process - no judgment has been made yet. He is being sued for treble damages totaling $1.5 million as the victims felt the federal restitution did not cover their losses.
Criminal Defense Attorney
I don't believe that a restitution order in a criminal case is going to be a bar against a civil judgment.