Petoskey, MI asked in Bankruptcy for Michigan

Q: My son has many bills. He owes the county Jail here $1250 for a recent stay. Would bankruptcy erased by it.

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Trent Harris
Trent Harris
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  • Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Jackson, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Fines, penalties, and costs that were ordered as part of his criminal sentence would not be dischargeable. However, if this cost is to reimburse the jail for his lodging and food costs while he was there, that could be dischargeable, because it's like rent and an ordinary contract claim. You should talk to a local bankruptcy attorney who can look at the judgment and other orders from the court, to determine which this is.

As always, you get what you pay for. Be sure to talk to a qualified attorney about your specific situation before choosing to rely on information you get from internet discussion boards such as this one.

Brent T. Geers and Dean Ernst Sheldon III agree with this answer

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
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  • Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY

A: It depends on what the money is owed for.

Dean Ernst Sheldon III
Dean Ernst Sheldon III
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  • Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Traverse City, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Yes! Housing fees are dischargeable in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions. www.holisticbankruptcy.com

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