Can legal fines and fees be discharged with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy? 2 Answers as of January 27, 2014

Fines and fees regarding a DUI along with the normal situation of creditors in Idaho.

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Michael B. McFarland, P.A. | Michael B. McFarland
Fines are generally not dischargeable, nor are orders for restitution upon conviction of a crime. Not clear what "fees" are. If they are legal fees for private counsel that have not yet been paid, they are probably dischargeable, but if they were for a court-appointed counsel, and the conviction order requires payment, they are probably not. You should consult with an experienced bankruptcy attorney, who can review your paperwork and give you a more specific answer.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 1/27/2014
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Heineman Law Office | Jeff Heineman
No, they cannot. It is prohibited under Bankruptcy Code section 11-523(a)(7).
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 1/27/2014
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