Many of those accused of crimes in South Florida are forced to agree to excessive amounts of money payments under the restitution element of their sentence.
The Fourth District Court of Appeals, which reviews South Florida criminal cases, clarified the rule. The court found that a Broward judge abused his discretion in ordering a restitution amount with insufficient evidence to support the dollar amount.
If you are on probation in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Miami, South Florida: contact your criminal defense attorney concerning the restitution amount of your sentence.
This new case clearly states that defendants who were forced to agree to pay restitution when there is insufficient evidence to support the dollar amount may appeal the restitution amount and have it reversed.