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South Carolina 1987 S.C. Op. Att'y Gen. 255 (1987) Bearden Should ability to pay be considered when imposing fines or fees or only when collecting fines or fees? Not answered - however, cannot implement a surcharge if defendant fails to pay fee
In the circumstances where an indigent fails to comply with the schedule of payments established by the court and the court determines that the indigent has wilfully refused to pay
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or failed to make bona fide efforts to pay, the court is authorized to imprison the defendant for contempt. As provided in Section 17–25–350, where part of the fine has been paid, the imprisonment cannot exceed the remaining pro rata portion of the sentence. I am unaware of any basis for a court to impose a fine in addition to the sentence originally imposed.
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