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The DA wants my son to pay $3,400 in restitution for burglary and destruction of minor property before his Preliminary Hearing.

Drumright, OK |

His attorney did not object. Is this normal? Isn't restitution ordered at sentencing usually as part of a plea deal? And aren't they supposed to take the financial status of the Defendant into consideration? He is newly married, with a wife that is pregnant with a high risk pregnancy. He is the sole provider making $10/hr. Does he have any other options? Even payments? DA wants cash at the PH.

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Attorney answers 1


The DA should not be communicating with your son if he is represented. Your son's attorney should be working to negotiate payment arrangements. Make sure your son explains his financial issues to his attorney and see if he can work out a payment plan.

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