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The 2017 Florida Statutes

Title V
JUDICIAL BRANCH
Chapter 27
STATE ATTORNEYS; PUBLIC DEFENDERS; RELATED OFFICES
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F.S. 27.561
27.561 Effect of nonpayment.
(1) Whenever a defendant-recipient or parent is ordered to pay attorney’s fees or costs, default in the payment thereof shall be cause for finding the defendant-recipient or parent in contempt of court, and the court may issue a show cause citation or a warrant of arrest for the defendant-recipient’s or parent’s appearance.
(2) Unless the defendant-recipient or parent shows that default was not attributable to an intentional refusal to obey the order of the court or to a failure on his or her part to make a good faith effort to make the payment, the court may find that the default constitutes contempt and order him or her committed until the attorney’s fees or costs, or a specified part thereof, are paid or may take any other action appropriate under the circumstances, including revocation of probation.
(3) If it appears to the satisfaction of the court that the default in the payment of the attorney’s fees or costs is not contempt, the court may enter an order allowing the defendant-recipient or parent additional time for, or reducing the amount of, payment or revoking the assessed attorney’s fees or costs, or the unpaid portion thereof, in whole or in part.
History.s. 2, ch. 77-264; s. 9, ch. 80-376; s. 143, ch. 95-147.