What if I cannot pay the fine for DUI? 59 Answers as of March 06, 2012

I was told to pay a fine for getting caught. What happens if I do not pay this? I am unemployed right now and have no extra cash.

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Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
Usually a DUI conviction results in a period of probation. Non payment of fees can be the basis for a probation violation whereby the judge can order jail time.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 3/6/2012
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
See if you can have it converted to community service. Another option is for you to serve additional jail time.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 3/5/2012
Robert Mortland
Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
You can always ask for an extension from the judge. Some judges will even allow part of the fine to be paid by community service but you have to put yourself on calendar through the clerks office to do this.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/5/2012
Kenneth M. Hallum, Attorney at Law
Kenneth M. Hallum, Attorney at Law | Kenneth M. Hallum
Most counties offer a work in lieu fine, or a community service alternative. It can be utilized for most of the fine, but not all. Some of the fine assessments cannot ne converted.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/5/2012
Law Office of Michael R. Garber
Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
You go to jail. The fine is a condition of probation.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 3/5/2012
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    If you have been convicted and owe a fine that you do not pay, a warrant will issue and you will be arrested and held until you "serve out" the time in jail.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/5/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    If you do not pay the fine you go to jail.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/5/2012
    Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
    Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
    I'd recommend you privately consult with a lawyer if you need specific legal counsel. Generally speaking, judges are supposed to inquire into the economic ability of a person to make payments; however, they will still usually order some fines and costs regardless of a person's economic circumstances. It depends on the court, the particular circumstances, and offense. Some judges may offer a "pay or stay," whereby a person can do some jail-time instead of paying the fines. Other courts have work-crew programs available. Some judges will simply order more community service. Most courts also accept payment plans, so as long as the defendant makes a reasonable effort to pay something each month, they should be o.k.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
    If a fine is not paid you could end up going to jail. It is possible to work out a payment arrangement with the Court.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    You may be able to have the fine done with community service, or by sitting it out in jail.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    You could be sentenced to jail in lieu of paying the fine.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    When your case settles, the judge will send you to the criminal business office. There you will talk to the collections department and set up a schedule for payment. They will work with you and are used to people who can't pay. There is no criminal penalty for failure to pay.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    The Law Firm of Aaron Bortel Esq.
    The Law Firm of Aaron Bortel Esq. | Aaron Bortel
    This will depend on what county you are in. Some send the unpaid fines to collections very quickly. I have heard that some send them to the Franchise Tax Board. You need to work this out with the court, which will probably allow you to work off your fine through community service at 10-20 dollars per hour against the fine.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    In some courts they will allow you to do community service for the fine but not the court costs.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    It is best to go into the court and ask for more time. Many times if you pay something they will extend your fine payment.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/2/2012
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    When you were sentenced the court would have suspended jail, and a portion of the maximum fine, on condition that you do certain things. The time period that these items were suspended is your probation period. One of those things that constitutes a condition of probation is usually the payment of the executed portion of the fine. If you fail to meet this condition you can be made to appear before the court and explain why the non-payment of fine should not be considered a violation of probation. If you have an excuse that the court deems worthy, you may be given additional time to pay or be allowed to satisfy the obligation in some other way, like community service.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    Then they will likely switch your sentence to jail time.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    There are ways to waive it if you are indigent. However, if you don't pay then your license is invalid. It's a very slippery slope so be careful.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    Send some amount every month, even if it is $10 this shows effort if they prove that you could have paid something and did not, then you could have your probation revoked and get jail likely, they will extend probation to allow payment.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Law Office of Patrick Lewis, LLC | Patrick M. Lewis
    I am sure that you are on probation if you have been ordered to pay a fine. Talk the issue out with your probation officer. Most will work with you. You cannot be revoked and sent to jail for failure to pay, if you truely could not pay. If you could pay and simply choose to not pay the judge can revoke the probation. The judge might extend your probation to give you more time. Do not simply stop reporting or fail to appear in court if ordered. That is a legitimate ground for revocation. Start gathering documentary evidence about your bills and your income and your attempts to get more income. That way if you ever end up in front of the judge on this issue you can back up your claims of poverty.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    You will suffer a probation violation since part of your probation is promising to pay the fines. However, you can go to the court and ask for an extension.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    If you go to the court before your time is up to pay the fine you may ask for an extension and monthly payment plan. If you cannot do this the fine can be converted into jail time.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC | Patrick E. Donovan
    Some courts will put you on a payment plan. Other courts will continue your sentencing a month or two to let you save up for the fine. DUIs have a mandatory minimum fine of $500 and $120 penalty assessment. The Court cannot waive it. Call the clerk's office and find out how the court you are in handles this situation.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Joseph T. Barberi, P.C.
    Joseph T. Barberi, P.C. | Geoffrey K. Rettig
    In Michigan, fines and costs are due on the date of sentencing unless acceptable arrangements are reached with the Court. A Court can suspend fines and costs or substitute community service in lieu of those expenses. You cannot be violated for failing to pay fines and costs if you are truly indigent and have no ability to pay. That doesn't mean your bills are more than what you earn! You must be prepared to show that you truly can't pay; not that you have other obligations you want to take care of first.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
    The court will issue a warrant for your arrest. You can report and ask to sit out the fine, find out the rate and calculate how many days it will take (Collin county is $50/day, Dallas was $100/day last I checked but that was some time ago, other counties set according to their own will).
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    MCCLUSKEY LAW OFFICE
    MCCLUSKEY LAW OFFICE | Mary McCluskey
    Contact the collections dept. in the court where you appeared regarding payment plans. If you were sentenced to probation you agreed to be in compliance with the terms of probation. If you fail to pay a fine without making payment arrangements, the Court can issue a bench warrant for your arrest since you'd be in contempt of court for violating probation. You would then have to show cause to the court why the payments haven't been made. If you can prove an inability to pay, then the court cannot find a violation of probation. However, the court often requires as a condition of probation that a defendant "work faithfully at suitable employment or faithfully pursue a course of study or of vocational training that will equip him for suitable employment".
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    Ask the court to let you set up a payment plan.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Ayodele M. Ojo & Associates
    Ayodele M. Ojo & Associates | Ayodele Mayowa Ojo
    They may let you do Community Service in lieu of the Fine.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/1/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    Millions of people do not have the money to pay their court fines. The court will get a judgement against you and it will hurt your credit so try to pay it off as soon as possible.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    The Smalley Law Firm, LLC | Cary Smalley
    It depends if you are on probation or diversion for the DUI.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    McClendon Owens Melia McBreen LLP
    McClendon Owens Melia McBreen LLP | Richard L. McBreen III
    Unfortunately, DUII convictions carry mandatory fines. If you don't pay, it will eventually get sent to collections like any other debt. Even worse, as a condition of your sentence you could be found to be violating probation by not paying the fines. More often than not, the court will allow you to set up a payment plan to pay the fines down over time.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Your probation will be violated and you will be sentenced to jail.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Fagan, Fagan & Davis
    Fagan, Fagan & Davis | Steven H. Fagan
    File a motion with the Clerk of Court asking the Judge to allow more time to pay and explaining (in brief) the circumstances.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    It is a maximum jail term of 93 days. You will eventually do this time if you do not pay.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    If you don't pay the fine, you will be hauled into court and you can be made to sit out your fines in jail at $100 a day.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    You can be re-sentenced to harsher terms. You could ask for an indigency hearing if you really have no money.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    If you fail to comply with any / all terms of your sentencing and probation, you will face new criminal charges. BEFORE the due dates of you fines, go back to court and seek extension of time to pay. If you don't, then a warrant will be issued for your failure to appear. If you can't afford private counsel, you can apply for the Public Defender at your first court hearing.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    The court will send a notice to the DMV and your license will be suspended until you pay them.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    Some of the court costs can be waived if you ask, but not many of them. You will just have to make a payment schedule and pay it off over time.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    You may want to check and see if you qualify for community service as payment of your fines.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache | Stephanie Arrache
    Most courts will allow a person to do community service instead of fines. Your attorney can ask the DA and judge about this in the sentencing phase.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Ascheman & Smith | Landon Ascheman
    If you fail to pay the fine it may be considered a probation violation. I would strongly encourage you to discuss this with your attorney or probation officer.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Tell the Judge you want to convert all the fines to jail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    The Umansky Law Firm
    The Umansky Law Firm | William D. Umansky
    You could violate your probation.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein | Neal L. Weinstein
    You can make arrangements with the Court to pay over time at some amount you can afford.
    Answer Applies to: Maine
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Hammerschmidt Broughton Law
    Hammerschmidt Broughton Law | Mark A. Broughton
    One thing for sure is that DMV will suspend your license, or not allow you to reapply if it was suspended/restricted as a result of the DUI. You need to take action on this; don't wait until after the time has come to pay and just let it ride because you can't pay. Go back to the judge and explain the situation. He may give you more time to pay, or in some instances, convert the fine (or part of it) into community service. If you wait until it goes to collections the court will not be able to do anything for you and you'll be stuck with it. I hope things turn around for you!
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC | Thomas A. Medford, Jr.
    A jail sentence or community service can be imposed by the judge.
    Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Jason Overton, Attorney at Law
    Jason Overton, Attorney at Law | Jason Overton
    You'll be charged with Failure to Comply with a Court Order. A warrant will be issued for your arrest. They won't come break down your door, but it'll show up the next time you're pulled over for something, and they'll arrest you. This will always occur at the most inconvenient time, by the way, like when you're running late for something. After you're booked, you'll have to post another bond, then you'll get extra fines and court costs for the new charge. It's best to try to pay it as scheduled.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Correia-Champa & Mailhot
    Correia-Champa & Mailhot | Susan Correia Champa
    You can ask the court to do community service.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    The Short Law Group, P.C.
    The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
    By refusing to pay the appropriate fine for a DUI you will likely either be violating the court ordered probation, or the Diversion Agreement you had with the courts. Either way this will likely end you in custody for refusing pay the necessary fines/fees. If you have already missed some payments call a DUI Lawyer to help resolve these problems as best they can to avoid too severe of a sentence.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    You could be resentenced on the case, with possible community service time added, or even jail. If I were you, I would do whatever it takes to get the money into the court for your fines.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Law Office of Andrew Roberts
    Law Office of Andrew Roberts | Andrew Stephen Roberts
    Go to the clerk of court ASAP and get your matter put on calendar. You need to request an extension of time from court or clerk. Do not wait until last minute.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo | Matthew Murillo
    Find a way to do so. Not paying the fine could result in going to jail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Lykins Law | Gerald Lykins
    Fines are usually ordered, and if not paid, can result in a jail sentence. Although I believe there is law that says jail is not proper.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    Some counties consider that a probation violation but more likely the matter will be submitted to collections eventually.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 2/29/2012
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    You only pay a fine if found guilty. Court will allow a payment plan but will charge 25 as a fee and you will not be eligible to get license restored until fine is paid.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 2/29/2012
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