Hello and welcome to justanswer. If the fee is only owed to the rehabilitation programs and not to the courts directly then it is a civil matter, and he would only face possible action from a collection agency if he fails to make payments to the programs. If he owed the money directly to the courts, failure to pay could constitute a violation of probation and could result in jail time.
I think the latter is the case. Evidently there is no consideration of ability to pay. I suppose if he attempts to make payment, that will help?
Yes, if he attempts to make payments and explains why he can't pay back at the rate that they want him to pay then that would definitely help. The court should be willing to grant him an extension if he is trying to make payments on the amount he owes for the program. Also, he may be able to do community service to help work off the money that he owes to the program.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).