I'm on probation and was wondering if I miss a payment on my fine/restitution and it gets sent to collections is this in violation of my probation or will my probation still be over when its suppose to be and I will just owe the collection agency instead of the county?
One of the terms of your probation is that you comply with the financial sanctions. A late or missed payment is noncompliance and could result in a revocation of your probation. Instead of not paying or just paying late, always contact your probation officer of the department and explain your situation and ask for some time to make the payment. There is a saying that it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. That saying does NOT apply to people on probation. Good luck.
You could potentially face a revocation of probation for the missed payment. You need to stay in contact with your PO and let them know your situation.
Usually a judge will not terminate the probation while you still owe money. Usually the judge will extend the probation until the case is paid off. Failure to pay may be grounds for a motion to revoke. Make some payment even if you can not pay the usual monthly amount. That shows the judge that you are trying. Always report as directed even if you have not made your payment. Failure to report will certainly be grounds for a motion to revoke.
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