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Fines and forfeitures affirmed due to defendant’s failure to carry burden or proof

State v. Paul A. Adams, 2016AP1149, 5/31/17, District 2 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity

Adams, an inmate, objected to the garnishment of his prison wages to pay fines and forfeitures assessed in various traffic and OWI cases. The court of appeals rejected all of his claims because Adams, the moving party, bore the burden of proof but failed to offer any evidence that the amounts assessed were incorrect.  He likewise failed to present evidence of his inability to pay the fines and forfeitures. In any event, §973.05(4)(b) prohibits the state from garnishing more than 25% of his prison wages.

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