Is there a limit to how long court fines can be collected?

Question Details:I was convicted of felony hit and run in 1987 and ordered to pay $350 in court costs. I never paid the fine. Is this fine still valid? Might I still have a warrant? I've had dealings with the police since then (nothing criminal, part of my job sometimes) and they have had to run my license but nothing ever comes up about it and honestly I'm to scared to bring it up. But lately I'm afraid that it will come up.

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J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar | FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney Answered 5 years ago

When a fine is not paid, the court may issue a warrant for your arrest.  Indeed, some courts require that you appear each week to pay a fine if you are on a payment plan with the court, and your failure to appear and pay is sufficient to have a judge issue a warrant for your arrest.  If you are not sure about the fine, you should call and find out.  If you let this go, you may be pulled over one day for a traffic violation and end up behind bars for the weekend.  I suggest that you call the clerk at the court and find out if you have any outstanding fines that are owed or have a warrant for your arrest.  If you do have a warrant, hire a lawyer to represent you.

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