Where can I find records of truancy fine payments?

A constable came to my house with a bench and arrest warrant. When they took me to the JP office they said I plead guilty on both even though the warrant said different. Truancy from 03/98; $30 turned into $100. I don’t understand why I would have started to pay for April’s without finishing March. I need a way to prove they messed up. $60 from 12 yrs. ago turned into $260. I asked for the records but they didn’t have them.They just gave me the docket. So where can I find my receipts since I just got ride of them months age because they were 12 years old.

Asked on July 19, 2010 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The court would hold copies of payments made.  If you paid by check the bank but as you said, the matter is over 12 years old and they may not have any records at all at this point in time.  I would get help from an attorney on this matter.  Inquire if there is some form of statute of limitations on this type of matter (although I doubt it).  I would also check the physical file of the matter.  There may be something in it to help prove your case.  Really your logic stands. And why would they let you skip March and pay April?  It really makes no sense.  Maybe you can negotiate the amount down if you feel that paying it would be cheaper than paying an attorney.  But at least check out the statute of limitations issue. Good luck.


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