Proposal would force probation violators to pay court costs

Posted May 13, 2015

— Defendants found responsible for violating the terms of their probation during a court hearing would have to pay $50 toward defraying the costs under a bill cleared Wednesday by the House Judiciary I Committee.

"It takes up valuable court time" to hear violation cases, said Rep. Allen McNeill, R-Randolph.

Criminals in formal court cases often must pay court costs when they are found guilty of a crime.

A probation hearing is not a criminal prosecution, and defendants don't contest their guilt or innocence but rather admit or deny the action. Courts can take steps ranging from a warning to the defendant to revoking his or her probation and putting him or her back in jail.

If passed, House Bill 615 would raise about $2.5 million per year for the court system, McNeill said. There were no objections to the measure, and it passed the committee on a voice vote. It will next be reviewed by the House Finance Committee.


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  • Abrams Tanker May 14, 2015
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    $50? make them pay the TOTAL BILL.

  • Sammy Macloud May 13, 2015
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    works for me, I think it's a great idea.....Why should law abiding folks have to pay yet more for criminals?