Minimum fines for misdemeanors and felonies
- retention of jurisdiction
(1)Unless a specific minimum fine is provided by law, the minimum fine for a misdemeanor is $100.
(2)Unless a specific minimum fine is provided by law, the minimum fine for a felony is $200.
(3)A court may waive payment of the minimum fine established by this section, in whole or in part, if the court finds that requiring payment of the minimum fine would be inconsistent with justice in the case. In making its determination under this subsection, the court shall consider:
(a)The financial resources of the defendant and the burden that payment of the minimum fine will impose, with due regard to the other obligations of the defendant; and
(b)The extent to which that burden can be alleviated by allowing the defendant to pay the monetary obligations imposed by the court on an installment basis or on other conditions to be fixed by the court.
(4)This section does not affect the manner in which a court imposes or reduces monetary obligations other than fines.
(5)During any period of supervision that is part of the defendant’s sentence, the court retains jurisdiction under this subsection for the limited purpose of waiving any unpaid portion of a fine previously imposed if the defendant is able to establish a financial hardship that prevents the defendant from completing an alcohol or drug treatment program that was required as a condition of supervision. Any moneys received in payment of the fine prior to the waiver may not be returned to the defendant. [2011 c.597 §10; 2015 c.186 §1]
Section 137.286 — Minimum fines for misdemeanors and felonies; retention of jurisdiction,