Answers to frequently asked questions of Reimbursement for Circuit Court-Criminal Division cases.
What fees are the responsibility of the defendant to pay?
Defendants who have been involved in a criminal matter with the Circuit Court may owe monies to Oakland County.
Defendants may owe monies to Oakland County for:
- Court-appointed attorney services
- Court action that has been delayed
- Completed court action that ordered costs and/or a term of probation
Defendants are responsible for providing information concerning their finances to Reimbursement. A financial interview will be conducted to determine an appropriate payment plan.
What are the most common court-ordered fees? When do I have to pay them?
The most common fees ordered by the court include attorney fees, court costs, court fines, restitution, and crime victim rights fees. The fees may be due immediately upon sentencing. Fees not immediately due may be paid over time.
Are defendants charged for services provided by court-appointed attorneys?
Defendants receiving the services of a court-appointed attorney are ordered to repay the County. Payment arrangements should be made through Reimbursement.
If a bond has been posted by a defendant, can they get their bond money back?
Bond monies will be retained by the County to apply toward costs associated with the case [MCR 6.1061(3)].
Where do I pay restitution?
Reimbursement collects and disburses restitution due to the crime victim by the defendant. Victim issues are referred to the Probation Office or the Prosecutor's Office Victim Witness Section for assistance.
Where do I pay my probation supervision fees?
Supervision fees are ordered when a defendant is placed on probation. Reimbursement does not collect these fees. Payments should be mailed to:
MDOC Fee Payment Processing
PO Box 674178
Detroit, MI 48267-4128
For questions, call 877-903-7225
How are monthly payment plans determined if you owe money to Oakland County?
Information provided to this office is confidential and is used in determining monthly payment plans in accordance with the court order. Information needed:
- Social Security Number
- Driver License or State Identification
- All sources of income and/or benefits
- Monthly living expenses
- Installment payments
- Savings/checking account information
- Verification of property ownership/value
- Employer information and pay stubs
Will I receive a monthly statement?
A computerized statement detailing the ordered fees and payments will be sent each month as long as the account is current. The top portion of the statement should be returned with payment. The account number must be noted on the check or money order.
What method of payment is acceptable?
Cash, checks, money orders, cashier checks, MasterCard, Visa and Discover payments are accepted. Online payments are accepted at www.oakgov.com (go to Online Services, then pay Reimbursement Fees). Voluntary income withholding may also be arranged.
What are the penalties for non-payment of fees?
Failure to pay court-ordered monies may result in:
- Violation of Probation
- Order to Show Cause action
- Writ of Garnishment executed against earnings
- Intercept of state tax refund
Can Community Service be done if I can't pay? Who oversees the Community Service program?
Community service hours may be a condition of probation and/or may be worked based on an inability to pay some court-ordered fees. Credit will be given for hours worked which will reduce monies owed. The Probation Department is responsible for overseeing this program.