When the judge orders restitution as part of the sentence, the defendant is commonly allowed to make payments toward restitution and other financial obligations imposed as part of the sentence. The amount and schedule of payments is determined by the judge during sentencing.
When determining an appropriate payment plan, the defendant’s current circumstances, incarceration status and ability to pay are taken into consideration. $25.00 per month is a common amount ordered.
Each payment received is split 50/50 between restitution and fees/fines. The 50% going to the victim is split between all victims in the case (except orders to third parties such as insurance companies and banks).
Defendants make payment to the Beaverton Municipal Court. Processing time for payments varies. If the defendant pays with a personal check, a two-week hold is added to the processing time. Checks to victims are issued once per month after the payment and paperwork is processed. Expect the payment to take approximately 30 days to reach you.
A defendant sentenced to bench probation is supervised by the judge and not a probation officer. When restitution is not paid, the sentencing judge issues a hearing for show cause for an explanation as to why the defendant is not complying with the Court’s order.