Use Credit Card to Pay Court, Probation Fees, Bond Out

by Staff on August 15, 2012

in Local

In Lawrence County, those wishing to post bond or pay probation or court fees must currently do so in cash. That may soon change, however.

Following the lead of other counties in the area, the Lawrence County Commissioners recently voted to approve an application to a service that would allow citizens to pay using a debit or credit card.

“It will just make it easier for people who are arrested to post bond at the jail because we will have a machine there. It will allow those who have a probation fee that is due and don’t have the cash to charge it on their credit card, thus keeping a warrant from being issued for their arrest,” County Clerk Myron Rainey says. “We will require them to present a valid ID when doing the transaction. The name on the credit card must match that on the driver’s license or we will not do the transaction. That way we will prevent anyone from using a stolen credit card or one that they have taken from a family member without permission.”

Rainey added residents will not be able to use a credit card to make child support payments.

“But we hope to offer that service in the future,” he said.

A small fee will be added to each credit transaction. Rainey says that fee will be established in the final contract and will probably be a small percentage of the amount paid.

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