Can bankruptcy eliminate a court fine? 7 Answers as of May 12, 2011

If a court issues a fine and later turns that into a civil judgment against you, can bankruptcy eliminate this judgment since it has been turned into a civil judgment?

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Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis | Eric Lewis
Most court fines are not dischargable in bankruptcy.
Answer Applies to: Indiana
Replied: 5/12/2011
Dearbonn Law Offices
Dearbonn Law Offices | Ajibola Oluyemisi Oladapo
Yes, it sure can.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 5/10/2011
Mercado & Hartung, PLLC
Mercado & Hartung, PLLC | Christopher J. Mercado
Most judgments are dischargeable in BK.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 5/10/2011
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
No.... you will still owe it.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/10/2011
Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall
Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall | William M. Rubendall
A bankruptcy cannot discharge a fine or penalty. A civil judgment for restitution also is nondischargeable.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/9/2011
    Jackson White, PC
    Jackson White, PC | Spencer Hale
    It depends on what the underlying fine was for.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Carballo Law Offices
    Carballo Law Offices | Tony E. Carballo
    A fine is a criminal judgment so it is not a civil judgment. You must be talking about a charge that may be related to a criminal case but not part of the sentence (not really a fine). For example, a cost that you must pay the court or a victim but it is not as part of the punishment for the crime. If not part of the sentence then it should be dischargeable in bankruptcy. Fines and restitution as a condition of probation are not dischargeable.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/9/2011
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