Will my fines and court costs be discharged if I file bankruptcy? 18 Answers as of June 10, 2013

I have dui(s) and habitual motor vehicle offender(s) fines and court costs, 2,000-dollar reinstatement fees from 1999 and back. I also have other bills I would like to have written off. Will bankruptcy handle these debts?

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Financial Relief Law Center
Financial Relief Law Center | Mark Alonso
Unfortunately, no, government debts and files are generally not dischargeable.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/28/2011
Dearbonn Law Offices
Dearbonn Law Offices | Ajibola Oluyemisi Oladapo
No they will not. You must pay all fines and costs they are never discharged. In a chapter 7 you are responsible for all fines, in a chapter 13, you may consolidate and or cram them down and pay installments through your trustee.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 6/1/2011
Saedi Law Group
Saedi Law Group | Lorena Saedi
Typically debts to the government and municipalities will not be discharged. You can however file a Chapter 13 case and set up a repayment plan over time.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 5/31/2011
Bankruptcy Law Office of Robert Weed
Bankruptcy Law Office of Robert Weed | Robert Weed
Not the fines and costs from the traffic court.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 5/31/2011
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis | Eric Lewis
Not likely that those debts are subject to discharge in bankruptcy.
Answer Applies to: Indiana
Replied: 5/31/2011
    Law Offices of Alexzander C. J. Adams, P.C.
    Law Offices of Alexzander C. J. Adams, P.C. | Alexzander Adams
    In some cases, these debts can be either discharged or pain in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/31/2011
    Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall
    Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall | William M. Rubendall
    Fines and penalties, restitution and similar items are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. Court costs would probably be dischargeable unless they fit into one of these categories.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/31/2011
    The Barger Law Firm
    The Barger Law Firm | Jason W. Barger
    I am sorry to hear you are having such troubles, but am glad you posted this question. Any court-imposed fees are non-dischargeable through bankruptcy. This would include the fines and court costs you have listed, reinstatement fees (I assume for your driver's license), but the "other bills" you have may be discharged, depending on what type of bills they are. However, despite how onerous the fees and costs are, you will continue to be obligated to pay them. I wish I had better advice for you. I wish you the best of luck.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 5/31/2011
    Daniel Hoarfrost, Attorney at Law
    Daniel Hoarfrost, Attorney at Law | Daniel Hoarfrost
    Court fines are not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/27/2011
    The Law Offices of Alan M. Laskin
    The Law Offices of Alan M. Laskin | Jared B. Gaynor
    See 11 U.S.C. 527(a)(7). The simple answer is no, those are not dischargeable debts.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/27/2011
    Law Offices of John J. Ferry, Jr.
    Law Offices of John J. Ferry, Jr. | John J. Ferry, Jr.
    Fines and court costs are usually not dischargeable in bankruptcy. More info can be found here: http://www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourts/Bankruptcy/BankruptcyBasics/DischargeInBankruptcy.aspx
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 5/27/2011
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