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An example of a misdemeanor would be a misdemeanor DUI, and the fines would generally be determined by the court, depending on whether it was an extreme DUI, regular or first time DUI or a super-extreme DUI. There would generally be jail time, court costs, and usually fine assessments plus surcharges that would be charged in a misdemeanor crime, if it was a misdemeanor DUI.
This would depend on whether it was a misdemeanor or a felony, because the consequences of the sentencing would be different if it was a felony versus a misdemeanor. With felonies, it would have to be seen whether they were higher felonies, or aggravated or dangerous felonies or not, which would change the sentencing because the consequences for felony sentencing depend on that. It is generally known that misdemeanor sentencing can also vary depending on whether or not someone had a prior. The sentencing would generally be harsher for someone who had a prior DUI and was charged with another DUI, than it would be for someone who came in without any priors. The sentencing options would be different depending on whether it was a misdemeanor or felony, and also on the severity of each, so that’s something that would have to be looked at before knowing what to expect.
A lot of clients ask this question because they wonder how they would be able to pay one big lump sum fine. The judge would not assess a single lump sum payment for either misdemeanor or felony cases unless the person could pay that, so they generally break it up into payments. The person who had been sentenced would go to the court and negotiate a contract with them based on a monthly payment that they could pay. There is usually a time payment fee in addition to the fine itself.
There could be a huge variant in the amount of fines that could be imposed depending on what the person was being charged with. In part this would depend on the offense, although DUIs are generally cases that are fined higher. It would really depend on the type of crime they were being charged with, because something like a reckless driving could end up being around $500 fine depending on the court, whereas domestic violence case might have only a $50 fine based on what happened or maybe some restitution that was involved.
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