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I made arrangements too pay and
defaulted. Can they insist on
the entire amount including
constable fees or throw me in
jail or do they have to accept
a reasonable payment
Asked on November 10, 2017 under General Practice, Pennsylvania
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 3 years ago | Contributor
The court *can* agree to a payment plan--it has that power--but does not have to; legally, you have to pay the whole thing at once. If you don't, you will be in contempt and could potentially be jailed. A judge would have to approve a payment plan; you should contact the court and inquire into how you would ask for a plan, and try to present the fastest, best, more aggressive one you can: you are asking the court or a favor, so ask for as little of a favor as you can and propose paying as quickly as possible.
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