I have been in prison the last 16 years and have incurred a lot of interest I am starting to make payments and have been onformed that they will try to onlt pay so much to the primary dept and the rest to the interest.
Clark County has been applying payments to the main debt which includes fines, costs and restitution. Once you have paid off the main debt, they then have put money to the interest. Clark county has been allowing people to ask the judge to waive and drop interest in almost every felony case, if the main debt is paid off. The Clerk has forms available asking to waive interest. Pay your main debt, then ask to waive interest.
If you are referring to pre-incarceration debts not arising from any offense, it is possible that the statute of limitations has expired. Consult a consumer attorney before paying anything or admitting that you owe anything.
Court judgments are valid for 10 years after your release from confinement, as long as they are not 20 years old. RCW 6.17.020. After 20 years you do not have to pay the fines. Nothing details how the payments are to be put toward your fine. Restitution to victims must be paid first, before court fines, if that is of any help.
(7) Except as ordered in RCW 4.16.020 (2) or (3), chapter 9.94A RCW, or chapter 13.40 RCW, no judgment is enforceable for a period exceeding twenty years from the date of entry in the originating court. Nothing in this section may be interpreted to extend the expiration date of a foreign judgment beyond the expiration date under the laws of the jurisdiction where the judgment originated.
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