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What Happens if I Don't Pay My DUI Fines?

If you were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in California, 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 court-ordered fines may be irresponsible, but sometimes bad things happen to good people, thereby making it impossible for them to pay their DUI-related fines. For example, a DUI defendant can lose their job (sometimes because of the DUI), or they otherwise fall on hard times. 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 there is a warrant, can the police kick down my door?

If you or someone you love is in this situation, 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 pay the fine, the better your chances of avoiding an arrest. The longer 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 secure a lawyer to go to appear in 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, which would inevitably lead to you constantly looking over your shoulder and worrying about every knock on your front door.

Warrants and Probation Violations

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 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!