Denver, CO asked in Collections and Consumer Law for Colorado

Q: Are there special rules (in Colorado) governing the collection of debts that are a result of criminal fines?

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Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Yes and no. Civil fines and criminal fines/restitution are found in different code sections (criminal fines are found in the criminal code). Both systems operate the same manner and have similar collection procedures and penalties for non-payment. Criminal fines (unlike civil) can impact other criminal matters (e.g. parole, expungment, etc.). As a result, nonpayment of criminal fines can indirectly result in jail time (not for the non-payment directly, but for the revocation of parole or bonding because of violating terms via nonpayment).

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