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The Importance of Paying Your Fines and Court Costs

Posted by Anthony Bretz | Jan 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Have a Plan to Pay Your Fines Before Accepting a Plea Deal

A DWI arrest, a charge of Possession of Controlled Substance, even a Speeding ticket, will cost you money. An attorney can negotiate a plea deal for you. It is cheaper than going to trial and without the risk of a conviction. Part of that deal though will require you to pay a fine, Court Costs or both within a certain time. Depending on the charge, you will usually have anywhere from 30 days to 120 days to pay these costs.

You Can Be Arrested If You Don't Pay Your Fines

If you don't pay your fines and Court Costs, then the Court will often issue a Warrant for your arrest. Some plea deals involve probation, like an SIS. Aside from Court Costs, your probation will also have fees. 

Not having money is not a good excuse. But if you go to court on your Pay Date, then you can talk to the Court about your financial situation. A judge can let you pay less than the full amount. In return, you will need to keep going to court every month to make a payment each time. 

But not showing up to Court and not paying your fines, Court Costs or probation fees will only end up with your arrest. 

Have a Plan

You know it will cost you after you get arrested. It doesn't matter if the charge is a Misdemeanor, Felony or a ticket for Driving Without a License. Whether you are paying an attorney to "get your case thrown out" or to work out a better plea deal for you, or you are simply paying the fine you know there is going to be a price. Be prepared ahead of the court date by saving your money. More clients who get in trouble after a plea deal do so simply because they didn't pay their fines. 

If you hire an attorney, make sure you are upfront with them. He or she can let the Court know that you will need a payment plan. If you do not have a lawyer, then be certain to let the judge know yourself. Either way, the best plan is clear communication

Arrested or given a traffic ticket? Contact us. We will fight for you and protect your interests. 


About the Author

Anthony Bretz

Anthony S. Bretz is an experienced and dedicated trial attorney specializing in DWI, DUI, Criminal Defense and Employment Discrimination cases. A St. Louis native, he went to McCluer North High School in Florissant where he played football and wrestled. After graduating in 2000, he attended Truman State ...


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