No. S118180.

30 Cal.Rptr.3d 779 (2005)

36 Cal.4th 384

115 P.3d 62

The PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Victor Manuel MARTINEZ, Defendant and Appellant.

Supreme Court of California.

July 14, 2005.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Shama H. Mesiwala and Linnéa M. Johnson, Sacramento, under appointments by the Supreme Court, and William D. Farber, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant.

Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Manuel M. Medeiros, State Solicitor General, Robert R. Anderson, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Mary Jo Graves, Assistant Attorney General, Patrick Whelan, Janet E. Neeley, Stan Cross and Lee E. Seale, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.


A jury convicted defendant of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine. Treating the state agency that disposed of the hazardous substances found at the illegal drug laboratory as a crime victim, the trial court ordered defendant to reimburse the agency for its clean-up costs of $5,402.67. The court did so under Penal Code section 1202.4, subdivision (f), which requires restitution to a crime victim when, "as a result of the defendant's conduct," the...

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