Chapter 16 OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS*
Section 16-68 Imposition of fines.
(a) In determining the amount and the method of payment of
a fine, the court shall, insofar as
practicable, proportion the fine to the burden that payment will impose in view of the financial
resources of an individual. The court shall not sentence an offender to pay a fine in any amount
which will prevent him from making restitution or reparation to the victim of the offense.
(b) When any other disposition is authorized by statute,
the court shall not sentence an
individual to pay a fine only unless, having regard to the nature and circumstances of the offense
and the history and character of the offender, it is of the opinion that the fine alone will suffice
for the protection of the public.
(c) The court shall not sentence an individual to pay a fine
in addition to any other sentence
authorized by section 16-31 unless:
(1) He has derived a pecuniary gain
from the offense; or
(2) The court is of the opinion that
a fine is uniquely adapted to deterrence of the type of
offense involved or to the correction of the defendant.
(d) When an offender is sentenced to pay a fine, the court
may provide for the payment to be
made within a specified period of time or in specified installments. If no such provision is made a
part of the sentence, the fine shall be payable forthwith.
(e) When an offender is sentenced to pay a fine, the court
shall not impose at the same time an
alternative sentence to be served in the event that the fine is not paid. The response of the court
to nonpayment shall be determined only after the fine has not been paid, as provided in section
(Code 1964, § 7.530)
State law reference(s)--Similar provisions, RSMo. § 560.026.