Is it legal for my probation officer to insist I pay my fines in full or I go to jail?

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Is it legal for my probation officer to insist I pay my fines in full or I go to jail?

I have been paying on my fines, never missed a payment, never late on a payment. I was told they must accept whatever I could afford to pay. My old probation officer agreed to accept $40 a month now I have a new probation officer who insists it isn’t enough and must pay in full or else.

Asked on December 15, 2011 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The issue is not whether or not it is legal or not for your new probation officer to insist that you pay your outstanding fines in full or you go to jail, but rather what is the current order as to your payment on these fines. To find out the answer, I suggest that you carefully read your sentencing order and the probation report. Your answer will be there most likely.

The problem that I foresee is that there seems to be some issue already between you and your new probation officer. I suggest that you retain a criminal defense attorney to assist you with respect to issues that you may have with your new probation officer.


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