It is possible that you still owe the fines. A maximum jail sentence only satisfies the jail time issue, and likely means you wouldn't be placed on probation. (Hard to say without knowing more information.) You have to specifically ask that the fines be converted to jail time. That converts to a day in jail for every $30 of the base fine. For a typical minimum fine of "$390 plus penalty assessments", that is 13 days in jail. You still will have to pay a couple hundred dollars for "other" fees and fines that can't be converted however.
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Yes, but this shouldn't have happened. You should have refused probation. If you did not refuse probation, you could have been given 3-5 years of probation, ordered to do classes, and pay a fine. Had you refused probation, you would have been given jail only. Now the court can violate your probation for failure to pay fines and punish you by increasing the fine amount to the statutory max. of $1,000+penalty assessments (the $2.5k is ~$390+p.a.). Good news: they can't put you back in jail. The fines will eventually be sold or outsourced to a collection company that will ding your credit over and over.
Who is the bill from? The court, the CHP or the County for response services? If it is from the court, look at your plea bargain to make sure it was not included in the plea.
The statute says "jail and/or fines". Check your plea agreement. It is very possible you have to do both.
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You obviously agreed to probation- so that is why there was- fine. My colleagues have explained the reasoning behind this .
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If your lawyer had the fines converted to CJ time at time of plea, then it should have been converted. These could be attorney's fees if you had a trial, I don't know enough about your case to give an informed response. It could also be restitution if it was a car accident which is NOT convertible. You need to go back to the court and ask the clerk at the clerk's office of the courthouse what exactly the fines are for. Or call your former lawyer or public defender. LAW OFFICES OF VICTORIA CLEMANS
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