How to write a request letter for a write-off fine

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How to write a request letter for a write-off fine
Most fines can be written off. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

There are ways in most states and counties to request the courts to write off your fine. The exact steps to do so vary from state to state and will depend on the type of fine, but generally you will have to prove that to pay the fine would put an undue financial burden on your family. Some courts allow you to do community service instead of paying fines. Other courts will completely waive the fine if you cannot pay.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Research the fee waivers in your community. In some cases, there are specific forms that have to be filled out in order to write off fines.

  2. 2

    Address the letter to the judge presiding over your case if known. If not, address the letter to the court or To Whom It May Concern.

  3. 3

    Open the letter by requesting a write off of fines.

  4. 4

    Explain in the letter that you are having financial difficulties. If you receive any type of public assistance, such as food stamps, be sure to mention that in your letter.

  5. 5

    Offer to perform community service instead. That will show a willingness to try to make up your fines in a different way.

  6. 6

    Provide your contact information in case the court has to mail you a fee waiver or financial hardship form or ask further questions. Sign your name at the bottom. Include your case number if you have one.

Tips and warnings

  • Your letter should be typewritten with no errors.
  • Keep a copy for your records.

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