6 weeks bills ,work ,stress,damages, missing work, doc appointments, court hearings??? my everyday life ended i even hurt my ancel and hip walking (hospital bills) ect
While the legal definition of restitution is very broad (damage or loss caused directly or indirectly by the defendant’s offense), I have never seen stress, pain and suffering, missed work, doctor's appointment or reimbursements for attending court hearings awarded as restitution.
You are free to make your requests in the victim impact statement you should receive from the State Attorney's office. Good luck.
If anyone veer gets caught and charged and prosecuted and convicted then yes, you will be entitled to an award of restitution. However, that restitution will be in the form of a piece of paper, a physical court order, and may or may not ever result in you actually seeing any cash from the dirtbag who stole your car. In the meantime I have 2 other suggestions:
1) Have you called your insurance company? Every vehicle in FL is required to be insured, and it is your insurance company's obligation to make you whole (subject of course to the terms and limitations of your policy); and
2) You can try (note that I said "try") to reach the Fl Crime Victim's Compensation Fund through the FL Atty General's Office. You may or may not qualify for compensation. Following are several links to web-based information and services in this regard:
Florida Attorney General - Crime Victims Services - http://myfloridalegal.com/victims
Application for Victims Compensation - Florida Attorney General - http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/main/a13e1518920d0de685256cc6004bd490!OpenDocument
Florida Attorney General - Victim Compensation Brochure - http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/main/8DE75D8DEA1F3B2285256CFD00744575?OpenDocument
I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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Yes, you could theoretically get money here. But, in practice, even if you do, it will probably be less than you lost and even if awarded something you might never be able to collect it.
First is how it was returned. Was it simply found or was it located while in the possession of another who was subsequently charged criminally? If the later, you could pursue some of those forms of restitution at a hearing for same. A Restitution Hearing would occur after the guilty phase of the proceedings. The State will represent you in that hearing.
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