Maryland Code, Criminal Procedure § 11-603

(a) A court may enter a judgment of restitution that orders a defendant or child respondent to make restitution in addition to any other penalty for the commission of a crime or delinquent act, if:

(1) as a direct result of the crime or delinquent act, property of the victim was stolen, damaged, destroyed, converted, or unlawfully obtained, or its value substantially decreased;

(2) as a direct result of the crime or delinquent act, the victim suffered:

(i) actual medical, dental, hospital, counseling, funeral, or burial expenses or losses;

(ii) direct out-of-pocket loss;

(iii) loss of earnings;  or

(iv) expenses incurred with rehabilitation;

(3) the victim incurred medical expenses that were paid by the Maryland Department of Health or any other governmental unit;

(4) a governmental unit incurred expenses in removing, towing, transporting, preserving, storing, selling, or destroying an abandoned vehicle as defined in § 25-201 of the Transportation Article ;

(5) the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board paid benefits to a victim;  or

(6) the Maryland Department of Health or other governmental unit paid expenses incurred under Subtitle 1, Part II of this title.

(b) A victim is presumed to have a right to restitution under subsection (a) of this section if:

(1) the victim or the State requests restitution;  and

(2) the court is presented with competent evidence of any item listed in subsection (a) of this section.

(c)(1) A judgment of restitution does not preclude the property owner or the victim who suffered personal physical or mental injury, out-of-pocket loss of earnings, or support from bringing a civil action to recover damages from the restitution obligor.

(2) A civil verdict shall be reduced by the amount paid under the criminal judgment of restitution.

(d) In making a disposition on a finding that a child at least 13 years old has committed an act of graffiti under § 6-301(d) of the Criminal Law Article , the court shall order the child to perform community service or pay restitution or both.


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