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Can court imposed fines be included in a bankrkuptcy

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Can fines that we imposed for traffic violations be included in a bankruptcy.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Bankruptcy Law
Expert:  Guru_Guy replied 8 years ago.

Generally speaking, court ordered fines or civil penalties resulting from traffic violations are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. In some cases, there are administrative fees associated with tickets that are not part of the penalty, which may be eligible for discharge.

Making that exact determination can be difficult. The key is whether the money is a penalty rather than a fee for some services.

Of course, a good way to avoid all of this is to pay the tickets with a credit card if one is available. At that point, the money becomes unsecured debt due to the credit card. If done well before bankruptcy is filed, this debt should then be eligible for discharge.

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