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Can an employer fine an employee in Virginia?

Not by payroll deduction, unless the agreement to do so was not a condition of employment While it is true (as Just a guy's answer notes) that under § 40.1-29(C) an employee may agree via "...
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How can the UK government fine itself?

Expanding on @Rick's answer, the UK government does not hold all of its money in an undifferentiated general fund (although much of it is held that way). In non-profits and government, one generally ...
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Can an employer fine an employee in Virginia?

It depends on what your son signed § 40.1-29(C) of the Code of Virginia says employers need written permission to withhold anything besides taxes from paychecks: No employer shall withhold any part ...
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Algorithm generated fines

I assume you're talking about this case: Bus lane camera mistakes woman's sweater for number plate. No he couldn't just ignore it - because that doesn't actually result in it getting put in front of a ...
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In Germany, why are fines for fare evasion more likely to lead to jail time than other traffic-related fines?

Because that's the law since 1935! StGG§ 265a (eng) declares, that it is a criminal offense to take transportation without a ticket and not wanting to pay. (1) Wer die [...] die Beförderung durch ein ...
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In Germany, why are fines for fare evasion more likely to lead to jail time than other traffic-related fines?

Ersatzfreiheitsstrafe, not Freiheitsstrafe. The assumption behind the question is not quite correct, and I edited the subject line because of this. There is a problem with prison time for fare evasion,...
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Is it Illegal to buy a Lenco Bearcat?

The United States even allows private ownership of tanks and howitzers with only fairly modest regulation, although the demand is small and some sort of license is required. Most U.S. regulations ...
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In Germany, why are fines for fare evasion more likely to lead to jail time than other traffic-related fines?

There are a couple of mix-ups and mis-understandings in the question that I would like to clear up, even though some of them have already been addressed directly or indirectly in other answers. ...
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Drink and riding (bicycle) offence in Germany

The fine would typically be around your monthly income. Legal basis: drunk driving per §316 StGB is punishable by up to one year in prison, but per §47 and §40 StGB short sentences are converted to a ...
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Texas excessive fining

Yes. This doesn't remotely approach the threshold to which the excessive fines clause applies. Also SR-22 insurance isn't a fine, it is a requirement that you take extra responsibility because you are ...
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How a country can fine an Internet company from another country?

Google is an international company. It has employees in France. It has offices in France. It has costs and revenue in France. It has French subsidiaries, with French bank accounts. Google could ...
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Court decides that Rob must pay Alice. Is she obliged to take the payment?

Fines and reparation are paid to the court not directly to victims/complainants: The offender pays the court and the court will send payment to [the recipient]
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Has the constitutionality of day-fines been challenged in the US?

Has the constitutionality of day-fines in the United States ever been challenged under the Equal Protection Clause, or any other part of the Constitution? A quick search of the case law in the ...
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If I am out of the country for a long time, am I liable for missed Jury Duty?

What is one supposed to do if they want to take an extended trip somewhere? Or is one basically not allowed to take such trips if they are a US citizen eligible for Jury Duty? In the US you are not ...
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Can BTP officers issue penalty fares in London tube stations?

What offence was Bob fined for? Bob likely committed the offence of entering a compulsory ticket area without a valid ticket contrary to clause 17(1) of the Transport for London Railway Byelaws which ...
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How does The Warranty Department afford (or avoid) the FTC Do Not Call fines?

Outgoing phone numbers are often spoofed, making it harder to know where the calls come from, and they are often sent through a call center outside the US where the FTC has no authority. This makes ...
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Can a person be charged above the amount of damages by laws as a fine?

Damages are (generally) not constrained by the defendant’s ability to pay The purpose of a fine is to punish the wrongdoer and dissuade others from offending. The purpose of damages is to restore the ...
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Can a landlord charge everyone for one tenant's misbehavior?

Short Answer Generally, a landlord could validly have a term in a lease requiring the tenants collectively to indemnify the landlord for any fine, penalty, or expense arising from the conduct of the ...
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Are parking lots allowed to ticket for a higher price than listed

Technically the signage implied an agreement, and allowed you to infer one. But yes, I think that management could not legally insist on more than the posted price, whether for a lost ticket, or for ...
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Can a fine incrue interest? Can a fine be/become unreasonable?

Bankruptcy does not obliterate legal financial obligations (taxes that you owe, fines, etc.). Fines either do or do not (any more) accrue interest, depending on jurisdiction. Fines for criminal ...
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Does signing for someone else's letter containing a fine make the original recipient liable to the contents of the letter?

It it was delivered to your residence, you received it The evidence from Royal Mail that the package was delivered to a given address is very strong to the point of being almost irrefutable. It doesn'...
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Drink and riding (bicycle) offence in Germany

Germany: Actually, you have a license to ride a bicycle on public roads. You get it automatically, you have no paper as evidence, but it can be taken away. You can lose the right to drive a bicycle in ...
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Helping a friend = Too many fines and not enough money

The bike was signed over to A, which constitutes a sale. So A owns the bike. He can sell his bike as he sees fit. Further, A should have responded to all tickets with identifying B as the driver.
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If I am out of the country for a long time, am I liable for missed Jury Duty?

Under 28 USC 1866 (g) Any person summoned for jury service who fails to appear as directed may be ordered by the district court to appear forthwith and show cause for failure to comply with the ...
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Can a landlord charge everyone for one tenant's misbehavior?

The landlord cannot “fine” a tenant Only governments can impose penalties. If the city fines the landlord, that is the landlord’s fine and they can’t make anyone else pay it. If the landlord believes ...
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How does The Warranty Department afford (or avoid) the FTC Do Not Call fines?

Is it incorporated outside US jurisdiction? I suspect it's not incorporated -- criminal enterprises often aren't -- but if it is, it's almost certainly not under the name "The Warranty ...
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