Missouri Revised Statutes Title XXXVIII. Crimes and Punishment; Peace Officers and Public Defenders § 558.004. Imposition of fines

1. 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 or her from making restitution or reparation to the victim of the offense.

2. 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.

3. The court shall not sentence an individual to pay a fine in addition to any other sentence authorized by section 557.011 unless:

(1) He or she 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 558.006 .

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