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The courts can add a default fee if payments are not made on time. They could issue a warrant for the person’s arrest and they could notify the Motor Vehicle Division about the person’s failure to pay, which could eventually result in a suspension of the person’s driver’s license. They could notify the Credit Bureau about the failure to pay as well, which could then affect the person’s credit rating, and they could refer that amount to a collection agency which would also result in additional fees. They could also notify the Arizona Department of Revenue to deduct that amount from the person’s tax-free fund, so there are multiple things that the court could do in response to a missed payment.
A base fine is usually assessed and then a surcharge can be applied to that base charge. There is a base charge on a DUI offense, and a lot of times, the 80 percent surcharge will be added to that, which could be associated with the jail cost or something related to that.
The most important thing would be to consult with an attorney when they are charged with something because there are different options available for different type of crimes. The person might be unaware that they may not need to do mandatory jail time in a prostitution case, and they may opt to do a diversion program. When someone is charged with a crime, prior to doing anything else, they would need to consult with a private attorney to go over what possible options there might be. The second step would be hiring someone who would fight the case for their client. Most of the time the person who is charged would not be able to go to court by themselves, so the attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor on their behalf.
If someone had a first time DUI and then committed another DUI, the second DUI offense would be a felony DUI offense, and the fees would be different. If the charge was a felony, then the fines would be more than they were for the misdemeanor, so the fines will be higher the second time if someone committed the same crime twice.
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