Offenders in some restorative justice (RJ) programs are required to apologize or return to court, even when victims cannot attend the RJ procedure. Apologizing results in several benefits to apologizers, but this coercion and lack of victim presence may reduce those benefits. Participants took part in a deceptive live study designed to elicit false confessions and subsequent apologies, manipulating coercion (Coerced, Not coerced) and victim presence (Actual, Surrogate, Ambiguous). Findings indicate that victim presence and coercion significantly impact outcome benefits for apologizers, including perceptions of transgression finality and procedural fairness judgments. Implications for RJ programs are discussed.