How Long do I Have to pay my Fines and Costs?

30 days.

The default rule in Virginia is that you have until 30 days after your conviction date to pay any fines or costs that you owe the court. This is actually double the old rule of 15 days. However, the current rule in Virginia is you have 30 days to pay.

If you don’t pay within 30 days as required by the court, your license or your privilege to drive in Virginia will be suspended. So it’s critical that you pay by the deadline given to you by the court.

If you need more than 30 days to pay, most judges are very receptive to requests for additional time and would usually ask how much time you need. It’s fairly routine around the area I practice to get 60 to 90 days to pay if you need a little extra time. Honestly, if you make a few payments and still can’t pay it all within that period of time, I believe a lot of the judges will give you even more time. The key is that you want to be making a good effort to comply with the court’s order and paying what you can.

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Andrew Flusche

My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then, I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.

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