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Hello, Cedric. I found your answers are very helpful so I decided

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Hello, Cedric. I found your answers are very helpful so I decided to ask you a question too. About reducing my court fines. State seized all my money except leaving $10,000 to me and my new born baby. There are too many to pay for with a new born and the money is almost gone. My court fine is $8900 and I'm paying $85/month. The court did not sent my husband's fine amount to us since he is not yet released. I think his fines are most likely higher than mine. We both lose our jobs because of this case(we're on the same case). I think the fines are set too high since the state seized our money and we're unemployed. Is there a way to reduce our court fines? Also, we did not have public defenders cause we pay for a private attorney. We don't have more money to pay her now so she stop helping us. Can we have a public defender to help us? And how? Thank you in advance.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.

The only way to get the fines decreased I am afraid would be you have to file a motion for post conviction relief and go before the court to prove the fines are creating significant financial hardship and are excessive considering the offense and ask the court to reduce them. It is not something the courts do willingly most times and you are going to have to have an attorney to increase your chances of success to prove that the fines realistically will not be able to be paid.

You can go to the public defender's office and present evidence you qualify and you will be assigned a PD for the motion hearing.

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