In addition to the mandatory sentencing provisions, mandatory minimum fines apply to all persons convicted of criminal sexual conduct. These minimum fines are equal to 30 percent of the maximum fine authorized by law for the crime of conviction. The court may not waive the minimum fine, but may reduce it to not less than $50 or allow payment of the fine in installments due to the offender’s indigency. In cases of indigency, the court also may order an offender to perform community work service in lieu of paying the fine. The court must forward 70 percent of the minimum fine to local programs that serve victims of sexual assault and the remainder to the state general fund. If there are no local programs in the court’s jurisdiction, the entire minimum fine must be forwarded to the state general fund. Minn. Stat. § 609.101.
CREDIT: The content of this and any related posts has been copied or adopted from the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department’s Information Brief, Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders: Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws, written by Legislative Analyst Jeffrey Diebel.
This post is also part of a series of posts on Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws Regarding Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders.