What happens if you don’t pay court ordered costs and fines?

If a person was found guilty of a crime and they also were told they had to pay the court costs and compensate police and they don’t pay, what happens? Also, can that person ever own anything such as land car, etc? How can you go about finding out how much a person owes?

Asked on December 14, 2011 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If a person has been order to pay court ordered costs and fines and fails to do so by a certain date, the court can issue an order to show cause for contempt of a court order and could impose additional fines if there is no valid excuse for the non-payment in a timely manner.

The amount owed concerning a criminal matter would be set forth in the court docket on the criminal matter where the fine was imposed against a particular person.

If the ordered costs and fines are not paid by the person who is required to pay, the county clerk can send the order to collections where a wage garnishment could result and payments that way would be made over time.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.