In my younger years, I had a drug problem so I just didn’t care about all the court fines that were mounting. I’m now 28, two sons and a full time job for 3 years. Although I’m paying $100. a month to the collection company that the court sent these fines to, I’m just getting behind because of the interest being charged.
Is there any way to stop the interest charges and get these fines paid off? Thanks
I asked my friend Mike Killian to answer your question for you. I wanted to make sure you got an answer as quickly as possible as I’m a bit backed up at the moment. I’ll be watching the comments on this question and be around to help if you need me.
Jayme, first off I laud your turn around. I hope your problems do not create an environment that has you back peddling to a no-win situation of drugs, etc. At the same time my news for you is not very good.
The only way around similar situations is bankruptcy and unfortunately issues such as fines, court fees, etc are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. I certainly wish I had better news. The only things I can think of is to call the collection agency and simply ask for lower interest fee or to increase your minimum payment so that the debt can be paid off faster and save on the interest.
You may be interested to know that a simple increase in payments can dramatically reduce the total interest and time to pay off the debt. For example, if you have a $5000 debt at 17% interest and pay $100 per month you will pay $11,304 in interest over 40 years. That same interest and amount with a minimum payment of $125 will reduce the amount of time to pay off the debt and the amount of interest by nearly ½.
Perhaps a second job or selling something can assist but unfortunately there are very few other options.