Have been in prison for 10 years and my unpaid fines have been sent to collections some criminal some traffic
It depends. If a they had a judgment and they sent the judgment to collections, then the company could revive the judgment to keep it alive until you are out of jail and then seek to have it enforced. This sounds pretty normal to me, but I would need to see the file in order to know for sure.
I know you won't want to do this, but go to the courthouse, ask the clerk to pull all your fikes and have copies made of any judgments. Courts will charge a pretty penny for copies, so be prepared with a wad of singles to pay the clerk. Once you know the facts, ask again. Hope this perspective helps!
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If the court ordered you to pay a fine to the State and you did not pay it, the court has the power to re-sentence you if you did not receive the maximum sentence under the law that you were found to have violated. Be careful! See your criminal attorney to understand your remaining liability. If the fine was a restitution order in favor of a victim of a crime, it would be good for 7 years unless the judgment is revived. Again, see your attorney to determine your possible liability. It will take some investigation of the court records.,
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