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I need to no what they can charge me on my harvey waiver

Tustin, CA |

ok lets say there were 50 counts charged against me and my co de fendent but during the pre lims they were drop all but 10 on me my case got seperated from my co def, in my case i plead guilty to one felony but they added the harvey waiver to my plea what i need to no is can they charge me restution on all the 50 counts or just the 10 please help me find the right answer its the differnce of 40.000

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You're on the hook for whatever counts you were charged with in whatever charging document you faced when you plead. If you plead to one of the 10 in the information (the post-preliminary hearing charging document) and the remaining counts were dismissed with a Harvey waiver, you're only responsible for the restitution as to the 10 counts, not the 50. Those other 40 counts were dismissed.


A Harvey Waiver refers to the 1979 case of California v. Harvey. The ruling in that case was that a court cannot consider dismissed charges in determining the amount of restitution. If you waived the right to keep the dismissed charges out of 'the calculation.' Then the court can consider the charges that you were charged with before you changed your plea.

If your co-defendant was charged with counts that you were not charged with, then those counts cannot be considered against you for restitution.

If a preliminary hearing was conducted and you were not held to answer on some of the charges then a strong argument could be made that those counts should not be considered as well.


You only entered a harvey waiver as to the nine counts that are being dismissed pursuant to your plea bargain, so the ten counts are the only ones that restitution could be based on.