I had 2 felony charges that were dismissed with court cost, to equal $900 collectively. The judge asked me to appear back in court in two months if not paid. I did not appear, to be honest, I knew I had a year to pay, before being punished; suspended license. I was detained by officers 5 months after dismissal of the 2 charges and told I had an active felony warrant and jailed on the original charge. When i arrived at the jail i was told it was an FTA and cash bond to equal court costs. When I appeared in front of the judge after 5 days(courts were closed,extended Xmas holiday)Once again he dismissed the charges with cost and but put me on probation until court costs are paid plus an additional $45 probation fee per month. According to Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-24-105(a). Is this not illegal
No AS part of the case,you agreed to pay court costs and also sho back on a court date so the judge could see how you doing on payment of the above. Even though what happen to you was horrible,you missed a court date and got a new charge of failure to appear.It is wrong to put someone in jail if they are indigent and cant afford to pay fines and court costs. However,technically you were put in jail for missing a court date.If you cant pay your fines and court costs,you need to file a motion to waive your court costs because you are indigent.Fines are not subject to waiver but you cant keep avoiding this situation. Good Luck!
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