Family Offense Petitions can often occur due to an individual causing property
damage. These costs may be due to the destruction of a cell phone, furniture
or medical costs that an individual incurs. Family Court’s have
the ability to order an individual to pay restitution for these costs
in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00.
This is a fully enforceable order through the Family Courts due to it being
related to a Family Offense Petition. However, proof must be provided
to show the amount of costs involved, what the out of pocket or replacement
value of items were and/or the amount medical bills not covered by insurance.
Without this crucial information an attorney cannot properly represent
that restitution is owed to an individual let alone the amount that may be owed.
Most Family Offense Petitions settle during court proceedings. However,
should a party need to move forward with a trial these documents will
be crucial evidence at the time of the trial so it is important to tell
an attorney representing you about their existence. As a rule of thumb
you only get what you ask for. As such, if you don’t ask your attorney
to obtain restitution for you there is no chance that you will get restitution.