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What Happens if I Don't Pay My DUI Court Fees?

If you live in Orange County, California and were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you probably have a lot going through your mind. One thing you’ve probably thought about is what would happen if you were convicted of DUI, but failed to pay your DUI court fines.

Not paying one’s fines may be irresponsible, but sometimes people lose their job (sometimes because of the DUI), or they otherwise fall on hard times. They may even check their online account and find out that it’s been deactivated. Then, the DUI offender wonders:

  • Will there be a warrant out for my arrest?
  • What does a warrant entail?
  • Can I do anything to fix this issue?
  • Can I avoid going to jail?
  • If I show up for court, will they arrest me right then and there?

If you or someone you love is ever in this situation, you should contact an experienced Orange County DUI such as Virginia L. Landry. Attorney Landry can check to see if a warrant has been issued, and if so, she may be able to recall the warrant without you having to show up to court.

If you can afford to pay the fine, the better your chances of avoiding an arrest. The longer that you wait in such a scenario, the worse it can get. If you’re nervous about going to court and not walking out, you can contact a DUI lawyer to go to court on your behalf, especially if you don’t want to go to jail.

When you’re proactive and confront the issue head-on, your chances of getting back on track are much greater than if you swept the problem under the rug.

Issue of a Warrant and Probation Violation

In the case of unpaid DUI court fines, you are looking at an issue of a warrant and a possible probation violation. While you may not be taken into custody, if you show up to court with the best intentions, the judge may still impose jail time because of your failure to pay.

If you hire a DUI lawyer, they can appear on your behalf and help get you back on track. If you don’t hire an attorney and you go to court on your own, be prepared to pay something that day and hope that the judge doesn’t sentence you to jail.

If this is a first violation, it’s difficult to predict the outcome, but your chances of reaching a positive result are greater if you have legal representation.

Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to schedule a free consultation with one of Orange County’s leading DUI lawyers!