If approximately 22 years ago I received a DUI but afterwards moved away and did not pay any fines that were associated with it, what can I do?

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If approximately 22 years ago I received a DUI but afterwards moved away and did not pay any fines that were associated with it, what can I do?

To be honest, I did not even know that fines were levied (young and dumb). The DUI was under my married (at the time) name. I now live in another state and have received a letter, followed up with a phone call, from the County Collection Division demanding almost $4000. During the phone call they requested that I verify my name, DOB and SSN. I did not comply. The letter states that they are prepared to sue, etc. Is there any way out if this?

Asked on July 13, 2015 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

In this day and age, you need to be careful with anyone asking for your identifying information over the phone.  They should already know who you are when they call you. 

However, if you know you owe a fine, then you need to make arrangements to pay the fine.  Instead of paying the fine through a questionable  agency... considering hiring an attorney to help you facilitate the payment.  It will be more cost effective than paying an inflated fine to a questionable collection agency.  If you cannot afford an attorney... try reaching out to the prosecutor's office that handled your case.  They can direct you do the correct agency that you need to submit the payment too.


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