What happens if you don't pay court fines?


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People who do not pay court fines face consequences that vary by state and may include a jail sentence, loss of driver's license, revoked state benefits or food stamps and loss of voting privileges, according to a National Public Radio report. Additional fines, fees and interest may also be incurred.

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Jail time served does not necessarily eliminate all fines in many states. Court fees, fines and interest can be garnished from a violator's wages, welfare benefits, disability payments or unemployment benefits, according to a National Public Radio report. Neglecting to pay court fines may also impede people from obtaining employment when a background check shows outstanding warrants or violations.

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