Category Archives: Traffic Tickets and Criminal Fines in Bankruptcy

Can I Discharge Michigan Driver’s Responsibility Fees with Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Michigan’s driver responsibility fees are an egregiously expensive form of “administrative” punishment for those who have committed driving-related offenses that are separate from criminal penalties or fines assessed as part of a criminal sentence for an offense and separate from crime victim compensation or REPARATIONS. These fees, which are assessed after a Michigan driver receives 7 points or more against his or her license, if not paid within 30 days of assessment, can result in the loss of driving privileges. The amounts vary from offense to offense and can increase greatly if the amount owed becomes seriously delinquent.

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Can I Discharge Traffic Tickets in Bankruptcy?

Traffic tickets may not be dischargeable in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, even if a debt is not fully dischargeable in bankruptcy, will allow you to repay the tickets at 0% interest over a period of 3-5 years.

Click here to read more about discharging traffic tickets in Michigan bankruptcy on The Hilla Law Firm’s new Michigan bankruptcy blog.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident and are considering filing for bankruptcy, please contact me at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.