Do I have to pay my probation fees in order to get off of probation?

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Do I have to pay my probation fees in order to get off of probation?

And is there a way to fight my case after signing a plea bargain? My neighbor gave me stolen property that I didn’t know was stolen (a toaster). I was arrested and charged with a C felony burglary even though I never stole anything. I spent three months in jail and am still on probation for another 5 months. I really needed a lawyer when I was in jail but my family didn’t care enough. I want to go back to court and fight it and get it off my record..

Asked on April 11, 2013 under Criminal Law, Indiana

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

For the first part of your question-- yes you must finish paying your fines, fees, or any other costs assessed by the court to get off probation.  The exception is if you can demonstrate an inability to pay then sometimes a judge will allow you to be discharged without paying your fine or other costs... if you can demonstrate an ability to work or to find gainful employment.

As for the second part of your question, undoing a plea bargain is very difficult.  There are some limited exceptions-- for example if you were not properly warned of certain things, like deportation consequences.  To know for sure if there would be an exception applicable to your case, take a copy of your offense report and all of your court papers to a criminal appellate attorney.  From there they can review your records to see if there is an applicable exception.


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