When a defendant is sentenced, the Court may order the individual to pay
the costs of prosecution, any fines, and/or restitution related to the
case. Several factors may be involved in the determination of the
defendant's Court-ordered fees. Some fines are mandated by law, while
others are determined by the Court. Costs are mandated by law or local
rule. Restitution is determined based on the amount of damage incurred.
The Court has empowered the Adult Probation and Parole Department and the Collections Enforcement Unit the authority to enforce the payment of Court-ordered fines, costs, and restitution. This specialized unit consists of 3 collections enforcement officers and 1 supervisor. Their role in the collection process is accomplished by establishing payment plans with defendants; and, if necessary, these officers send late notices, schedule defendants for non-payment court, and issue bench warrants when defendants fail to meet their Court-ordered financial obligations. Collections enforcement officers provide assistance to defendants, victims, and entitled individuals with questions related to case costs, fines, and restitution information.