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Can I Discharge Fines And Restitution Payments From A Criminal Conviction Through Bankruptcy?

No, debts related to criminal convictions are not subject to discharge. Congress has repeatedly tightened the language of the bankruptcy statutes to ensure that the penalties associated with criminal convictions stay with the debtor until they are paid off.

However, if any part of your legal payments stem from civil penalties, those debts may be dischargeable under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

If you need help sorting out debt you can clear from non-dischargeable debt, call Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-599-1111 for a free, no hassle consultation with a Queens bankruptcy lawyer.