Lancaster, OH asked in Bankruptcy and DUI / DWI for Ohio

Q: Can you file bankruptcy for dui fines and court costs thst total 13000 in the state of TN

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Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY

A: No. Criminal fines, fees, costs and restitution are not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In general, DUI fines and court costs are typically not dischargeable in bankruptcy. This holds true in most states, including Tennessee. Bankruptcy laws often exclude certain types of debts from being discharged, particularly those related to criminal restitution and penalties. DUI-related fines and court costs usually fall under this category.

However, other debts you might have could be eligible for discharge in bankruptcy, potentially easing your overall financial burden. It's important to consult with an attorney who can assess your specific circumstances and provide tailored advice. They can help you understand the types of debts you have and whether bankruptcy is a viable option for your situation.

Remember, each case is unique, so professional guidance is key in making an informed decision.

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