The Contra Costa Superior Court Collections Unit is responsible for processing and collecting court-ordered fines, fees, and restitution.
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Financial Services - Court Collections Unit
Notice of Change in Collections Agency
Please take notice as of October 1, 2018, the Court’s new collections agency is Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP (Linebarger).
- If you need to set up a new payment plan, have recent court-ordered fines and fees, or your case has recently become delinquent, you will need to contact Linebarger on or after October 1, 2018 to make payment arrangements. AllianceOne will no longer set up new Contra Costa Superior Court accounts.
- If you have an existing account with AllianceOne, your account will be transferred to Linebarger. Payments received by AllianceOne through September 30, 2018 will be applied to your AllianceOne account. On or after October 1, 2018, please direct all payments and inquiries to Linebarger.
- If you are being collected on by the Franchise Tax Board’s Court Ordered Debt (FTB COD) Program, there are no changes to your account.
If you have not received a notice from Linebarger within 30 days of your court order, you must call Linebarger at (844) 566-6558.
Note: Failure to pay your court fines, fees, victim restitution, update your address, or contact the Court Collections Unit about a payment problem may result in additional fees imposed on your case and referral to the Franchise Tax Board Court Ordered Debt and/or Tax Interception Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I pay?
At Court: Cash Only
At Linebarger: By credit card, check or money order. If paying by check or money order, please make payable to “Contra Costa Superior Court” and write your docket number and name clearly on the payment.
To Pay In Person:
Payments on a collections account can be made at any Contra Costa County Superior Court at the criminal division window Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 3:00pm (except holidays). You will be provided a receipt for your payment. Your payment will be forwarded to CCU and posted to your account within 3 - 5 days.
- Martinez: 725 Court Street, Room 127.
- Pittsburg: 1000 Center Drive.
- Richmond: 100 - 37th St, Room 130.
- Walnut Creek: 640 Ygnacio Valley Road.
Payments may be dropped off at any Contra Costa County Superior Court. Your payment will be forwarded to Linebarger. A receipt will not be mailed to you.
- The Martinez drop box is available from 8:00am to 5:00pm inside the building at 725 Court Street, at the entrance of Room 127.
- The Pittsburg drop box is available from 8:00am to 5:00pm inside the building at 1000 Center Drive, in Pittsburg.
- Drop boxes in Richmond and Walnut Creek courts are outside the buildings.
Mail Payments to:
P.O. Box 708900
San Antonio, TX 78270
To pay by credit card, please visit www.lgbswebpayments.com or call Linebarger at (844) 566-6558. Be sure to have your account number when calling.
How do I contact the Court Collections Unit to change my mailing address, or discuss a payment problem?
- Call Linebarger at (844) 566-6558.
- Call the Court Collections Unit at (925) 608-1000 between the hours of
8:00am-3:00pm Monday- Friday (except holidays)
- E-mail the Court Collections Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail correspondence to the Court Collections Unit, P.O. Box 1509, Martinez, CA 94553.
Why was my traffic citation fine increased?
If you fail to clear a citation by the due date you will be subject to increased bail,and/or a civil assessment fee up to $300.
What is Linebarger?
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP (Linebarger) is a law firm that assists the court with the collection of traffic citations and criminal court ordered fines and fees. If you have received a notice from them, you must call (844) 566-6558.
What fines may be owed on a juvenile case?
Contra Costa County has eliminated all fees related to juvenile detention and probation previously collected by the County Probation Department. For questions regarding these fees, contact Danielle Fokkema, Chief Financial Officer, Probation Department, at Danielle.Fokkema@prob.cccounty.us. However, a juvenile defendant may still owe victim’s restitution, State restitution fine and other criminal fines, penalties and assessments ordered by the Court. Contact Linebarger at (844) 566-6558 about what Court-ordered fines are owed.
Will I have to pay fines, fees, Victim Restitution if I file Bankruptcy?
Any fines, and fees imposed by the court are still in force as outlined in Title 11 of the USCS §523, “Exceptions to discharge” (a) (6), (7), (9), and (13). These codes state in part, “… to the extent debt is for a fine, penalty, forfeiture payable to and for the benefit of a governmental unit, and is not compensation for actual pecuniary (commercial) loss, other than a tax penalty. A victim restitution order is not dischargeable in bankruptcy as outlined in U.S. Supreme Court KELLY v. ROBINSON, 479 U.S. 36 (1986).
I am unemployed. How can I pay?
Contact Linebarger at (844) 566-6558.
What happens if my check bounced?
A $50 returned check fee will be assessed to the case and payment must be resubmitted.
I went to prison. Do I still owe the fine?
Yes. For status of your fine, please contact the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
What is the Court Ordered Debt Program (COD)?
In an effort to reduce the amount of court-ordered debt, the California Legislature allowed the Franchise Tax Board and Courts to form partnerships to collect court-ordered debts. The COD Program is authorized under Section 19280 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code. When a Court refers cases to the COD program, they will first mail you a demand for payment. If the debt is not resolved within 10 days, COD has the administrative authority to locate your assets, garnish your wages, levy against your bank accounts, seize both real and personal property, such as land, cash, safe deposit boxes, vehicles and boats to collect the court ordered debt.
Why is the COD collecting my fines, fees and/or restitution owed to the Superior Court in Contra Costa County?
The COD is collecting because your account has become delinquent. Criminal fines and fees are separated by Condition of Probation and Not a Condition of Probation. Those fines and fees that are not a Condition of Probation can become delinquent and qualify for the COD Program.
Who do I contact if I have specific questions regarding my account?
COD cannot provide information regarding your account. You must contact Linebarger at (844) 566-6558.
What is the Tax Intercept Program?
Pursuant to California State Government Code Sections 12419.8 and 12419.10, your name may be submitted to the California Franchise Tax Board if you fail to pay your court-ordered debt(s). If you are entitled to a tax refund and/or state lottery winnings, the Tax Intercept Program will send you a notice stating the intercepted amount of your refund, and the government agency where the refund will be directed.
What happens if I have already paid my case in full and the court has intercepted my state tax refund?
If your case has been paid in full and your refund has been intercepted, and you do not have any other outstanding debt to Contra Costa County Superior Court, a refund check will be issued to you a minimum of 90 days from the date of the letter you received. To assist in getting your refund check faster, please make sure that the Court Collections Unit has your correct mailing address on file.
What happens if I do not owe Contra Costa County Superior Court money and my taxes were intercepted?
Immediately contact Linebarger at (844) 566-6558 and we will research why your taxes were taken.
What if the case number on the Tax Intercept Program letter does not match the case number that I owe monies on?
The reference number on the Tax Intercept Program Letter is only a reference number for the court. You may have multiple cases but only one case number will appear on the letter. The amount intercepted will be applied to the case(s) on which monies are owed.
What if the case number reference on the Tax Intercept Program letter has a balance more than what is owed on the case?
The court will apply any amount over what is owed on the case to any other open case(s) for the defendant. If all cases are paid in full, the overage will be refunded
What happens when I'm ordered to pay Victim Restitution through the Court Collections Unit?
If the judge ordered you to pay victim restitution and the amount was:
- Set at sentencing:
- Your court order will state the amount of victim restitution owed.
- TBD (To Be Determined) at Sentencing:
- You will receive the following via mail:
- Supplemental Report, Proposed Order and Notice to Defendant.
- You will have 60 days from the date of the Notice to Defendant letter to dispute the amount before the court.
- If you desire a hearing,
- in adult cases, you must contact the Criminal Clerk’s Office;
- in juvenile cases you contact your Probation Officer.
- You will receive the following via mail:
Are there Statutes of Limitations on Victim Restitution?
There is no statute of limitations on restitution fines and orders. This order is enforceable in the same manner as a civil judgment and remains in effect until the obligation is fully satisfied.
If the court ordered you to pay victim restitution, California Penal Code § 1202.4(5) states you must complete and file a financial statement based on your financial status with the court “Defendants Statement of Assets”.
Why am I being assessed a 15% fee on top of the Victim Restitution owed?
Per California Penal Code § 1202.4,(l) “At its discretion, the Board of Supervisors of any county may impose a fee to cover the actual administrative cost of collecting the restitution fine, not to exceed 15 percent of the amount ordered to be paid, to be added to the restitution".
What can happen if I do not make my payments as agreed for Victim Restitution?
The court can take, but is not limited to, the following actions:
Pursuant to California Government Code § 12419.8 and 12419.10, the court may intercept your state tax refund and/or state lottery winnings to pay any outstanding balance you owe the court.
A Violation of Probation may be filed if you fail to make your payments as agreed.
Collection actions may be taken against you, which can include added fees and/or liens against your property.
If I am a victim, how will I receive monies paid by the defendant?
When a payment is received by the defendant, the payment will be pro-rated (if multiple victims). Payment will be held in trust for 30 days before a check is disbursed to the victim(s).
We will make every effort to obtain the defendant’s compliance however, we cannot guarantee payment.
The court will receive money and disburse to the victim(s) while the defendant is on probation. Once probation ends, the victim(s) will receive information from the Court Collections Unit on how to pursue collections on their own.
If I am a victim, what do I do if I have moved or have a name change?
Notify the Court Collections Unit in writing of any changes to your address and/or name change.
Please direct inquiries, which include the case number and defendant's name, to:
- Financial Services - PO Box 1509, Martinez, CA 94553.
- Email : email@example.com
If the defendant is in State Prison, how do I collect my Victim Restitution?
Contact the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at:
Toll Free Phone: 1 (877) 256-6877
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Office of Victim and Survivor Services
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001
You may also contact the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office – Criminal Restitution Specialist at 925-957-8655 for more information.