What Happens If I Don’t Pay Restitution?
Experienced Baltimore criminal defense attorneys Attorney Eric T. Kirk may or may not be aware that a person in substantial child support arrears will likely never get a tax refund, or be able to claim a lottery prize.
The child support enforcement program is authorized to “intercept” these funds, and apply them to child support. The same enforcement mechanisms are used against the restitution obligor who has fallen into arrears. Of course, a failure to pay restitution may also constitute a contempt of court, or a violation of probation, either of which can land you in jail. If restitution is part of your probation conditions, and this is typical, you face all or part of your suspended sentence. In my experience, supervising judge may be reluctant to incarcerate an individual who is at least trying to meet the obligations. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you marshal the evidence, and present that proof to the court.