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will bankruptcy discharge my criminal fines?

So what's the answer? Can I discharge my criminal fines (almost $1000) if I file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? I also have alimony to pay but I'm pretty sure I can't get rid of that.

 
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Editor's Response

There are certain debts that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, and they are, for the most part, spelled out in 11 U.S.C. (United States Code) Section 523[a]. Criminal fines and alimony are examples of debts that cannot ordinarily be discharged under Chapter 7.  There are a few, very narrow (don't get your hopes up) exceptions to this general rule, so you should check with your bankruptcy attorney.

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