Different courts may vary in what they do but here I would advise walking in and paying the fine in full... if $$$ is the only issue, the clerks can clear up the case right then and there if you PIF. At least that is how it is taken care of here. If you want to make payments that would be different and you would have to explain why you couldn't pay... I'm sure that the court hears your same reason a lot, and the judge should understand that you are doing all that you can. Paying in full right now if possible would normally clear up everyone's problem. g
The failure to timely pay your fines will subject you to a warrant for your arrest and is the basis for a probation violation. A Probation Violation could expose you to jail time. Also, a pending arrest warrant could result you being placed in Jail, during a traffic ticket stop.
The best course of action is to immediately speak with an experienced DUI attorney,have the attorney appeared in court without any further delay, have warrant recalled, and pay the fine at the earliest possible moment or make arrangements with court collections dept. In previous, cases, I have had the client admit the Probation Violation, warrant recalled, & pay fine, no jail time.
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if you have the finances now, you should start making your payments immediately, and attempt to take care of any past due amounts. As long as you get current, and pay off the full amount prior to your deadline, you should reduce your chances of a violation.
If your probation has already been revoked and a warrant issued, the court won't accept payments on your case until the warrant is recalled. If you (and your lawyer) can show that the nonpayment was due to financial hardship, but you have the money and can pay now, you're in a decent position to avoid jail time. They cannot violate you unless you are in WILLFUL violation. If you didn't have the money, you didn't have the money. It's a bit of an uphill battle now that a year and a half have gone by, but it's nothing that can't be fixed.
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