Not being able to pay probation fees, what can happen?
I am on probation and have no income but have to pay $20 a month for probation fees. I am wondering what could happen to me if I do not pay the fees? I generally pay $20 every other month but my probation officer advised me to try and stay current on my fees. Another probation officer said that if I miss payments over a consecutive period that I may be required to attend some kind of budgeting class. I do not want to have to borrow money to have the state monitor me. Hell let the taxpayers pay it since I didn't request it.
Can not paying be a violation of my probation? Will the probation officer treat me with disdain if I don't contribute to his payroll?
Probation is different from county to county..what I have found is that most will not file a petition to revoke your probation for nonpayment, but they also will not discharge you from probation without the fees being paid in full. So if you were sentenced to lets say 24 month probation and still have outstanding fines and fees then your 24 months can be extended almost indefinately until all fines and fees are paid. Then if you catch a new charge they can sentence your on the original probation as it has not been discharged. My recommendation would be to pay your probation fee and fines on the case as soon as you can....Good Luck