The failure to pay can result in jail time, however the accused must have the ability to pay. Like most things in the criminal justice system, it comes down t proof. Many times the fines will be converted to community service at minimum wage.
If he is disabled and is receiving SSI or other benefits, he has some financial ability to pay. Moreover, they cannot convert his fine to community service if he is disabled; if he cannot work, he cannot do community service. He needs to make his fine payments. Failing to pay anything will end up in his incarceration. He needs to make a payment.
Courts and probation offices may have general guidelines about various terms of probation, but those guidelines may vary greatly from one county to the next. Your husband should take the probation officer's statement very seriously. If payment of a fine is a term of his sentence/probation, then he must pay the fine. Otherwise, he can be held in jail until a probation revocation hearing is scheduled, which may take days or weeks.
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