This is a comment I get from clients all the time who are desperate to resolve the jam they find themselves in when arrested for a criminal charge. My clients are typically willing to do whatever it takes to get their charges dismissed after an arrest. I wish every case was as easy as paying restitution to an alleged victim for the case to go away. Unfortunately, most criminal cases are not resolved in this matter. A proper defense to a criminal accusation involves much more than throwing money at the issue. As a criminal defense lawyer I have to caution my clients that want to spend their money before properly investigating for legal reasons to get the case dismissed.
A person may be a billionaire like John Goodman, who was recently convicted of DWI Manslaughter, but before trial settled the civil suit with the victim's family. The settlement of the case did not prevent the prosecutors from seeking a convicton in his case. Nevertheless, the fact that he has paid a significant amount may impact the punishment he receives from the court.
Whether it is a sexual assault, indecent exposure, criminal mischief, or even
child pornography it is better to allow a lawyer to handle all aspects of the case, including paying any damages that may be owed.