Can I include public fines on my bankruptcy? 26 Answers as of August 26, 2011

I received some public fines just after my bankruptcy file was finalized. Is it possible to include these fines in my file? Or is it too late?

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Heupel Law
Heupel Law | Kevin Heupel
Unfortunately, it is too late, but would not have made a difference any way as fines are not discharged when you file bankruptcy. Thus, you would have to pay the fines even if they were incurred prior to filing.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 8/26/2011
Eric J. Benzer, Attorney at Law
Eric J. Benzer, Attorney at Law | Eric Benzer
Some
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 8/6/2011
Melinda Murphy Dionne, PC
Melinda Murphy Dionne, PC | Melinda Murphy Dionne
It is too late to include the fines in your bankruptcy case. In all likelihood, the fines would not have been discharged in the case even if they had existed at the time you filed your Chapter 7 case.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 8/4/2011
Dearbonn Law Offices
Dearbonn Law Offices | Ajibola Oluyemisi Oladapo
You cannot include public fines in a chapter 7, you must pay them. They cannot be discharged. In a chapter 13, you include them for the purposes of paying them through the plan. In either case, you are responsible for your public fines regardless. Please note that this is not legal advise and should not be construed as such.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/4/2011
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus | Mark Markus
If by "public" you mean fines owed to the government, those are not dischargeable.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/4/2011
    The Schreiber Law Firm
    The Schreiber Law Firm | Jeffrey D. Schreiber
    What are "public fines"? If they occurred after the date you filed, they are not debts which can be included as they occurred post-petition. If they occurred before filing, and if they are penalties assessed by a government entity (such as traffic fines) or victim restitution payment, they are not dischargeable in any event. Only debts which are reimbursement to a government entity for monies paid by a government entity have a chance of being discharged.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/4/2011
    Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall
    Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall | William M. Rubendall
    Fines and similar penalties are not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/4/2011
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    It is too late. You cannot include any debt you acquired post filing.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/4/2011
    Kalra Law Firm
    Kalra Law Firm | Madhu Kalra
    Is bankruptcy 13 or 7. In chapter 7 only debt incurred prior to the date of filing are included. More over most type of public fines are not dischargrable. However, in chapter 13, you can amend schedule and provide for payment of these fines in the plan. Traffic tickets, fines for drunk driving, criminal rehabilitation fines are not dischargeable.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law
    William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law | William C. Gosnell
    No they are non-dischargable.
    Answer Applies to: Tennessee
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
    Fines are never dischargeable, so it is not a matter of them coming in too late.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Law Office of Maureen O' Malley
    Law Office of Maureen O' Malley | Maureen O'Malley
    Too late. And probably not dischargeable, anyway.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Judith A. Runyon, Esq. Attorney at Law
    Judith A. Runyon, Esq. Attorney at Law | Judith A. Runyon
    You have list them, but they are not dischargeable in a Chapter 7.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Lewis Adams and Associates
    Lewis Adams and Associates | Lewis P. Adams
    Any debt incurred after the petition date is not able to be included in the bankruptcy. Fines and other debt owed to a government entity is, in most cases, not dischargeable any way.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Fears & Nachawati
    Fears & Nachawati | Majed Nachawati
    Generally, if your bankruptcy has been finalized, you will not be able to include the public fines incurred after conclusion of your case.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    There is no such thing as "public fines." I am wondering if you meant criminal or traffic fines. Most are non-dischargeable. However, if you omitted ANY debts, you have committed perjury and could be denied a discharge or go to prison Typically, a timely amendment solves many problems. Whether it is too late depends on when you filed, and your attorney will know deadlines. If you made the mistake of filing pro se get a lawyer now.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Theodore N. Stapleton, PC
    Theodore N. Stapleton, PC | Theodore N. Stapleton
    Criminal or government imposed fines like traffic tickets are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. I am happy to answer any questions you have.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/3/2011
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