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Can a court 10 years later say we went thru our records and you didnt pay a fine 10 years ago. I know we did.

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I know this fine was paid. But I dont have a receipt any longer. I just finished paying all my back fines to finally get my license back. Now all of a sudden this court says I didnt pay 10 years ago.It was not on the DMV reports, because as I said we just got them and paid everything. They also stated there was a $250.00 bail that was revoked and the state kept this money. I know we paid this fine because my mother and stepfather paid all my fines back then so I could get my license back, but 10 years later we have no receipts.If they can do this now what is stopping them from doing this to all people. How many would have receipts from 10 years.

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  1. Unfortunately, this happens more than you think

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  2. This can happen. Be careful because if you don't pay the court may issue a bench warrant or enter a civil money judgment against you. I don't think a court fine has anything to do with DMV.

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  3. Unfortunately it happens.


  4. You raise an excellent point. Unfortunately, they are holding your license hostage. Pay now and fight later. good luck!


  5. This happens all the time. Make a written motion to the prosecutor and file it with the court to dismiss the case on grounds of extoppel and equity. If they deny the motion appeal the decision to the appellate court. Or, you can just re-pay the fine and move on with your life.


  6. Depending how you paid, you can find proof whether from a bank or post office if you got a money order. Ask the state for proof it is owed. Hire a lawyer today to protect your legal rights.

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