The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in People v. Padilla-Lopez on June 25, 2012.
CRS § 18-1.3-602—Criminal Case Restitution—“Victim”—Aggrieved by the Wrongful Conduct of the Offender—Elements of Underlying Offense—Department of Human Services.
The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals’ holding that the El Paso County Department of Human Services (DHS) is not a “victim” entitled to restitution under CRS § 18-1.3-602(4)(a). Because DHS is not “aggrieved by” the crime of child abuse, the restitution statute does not allow DHS to recover costs it has expended in the course of fulfilling its statutorily mandated duty to provide necessary care and guidance to dependent and neglected children.
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