Maine Revised Statutes

§1301-A. Use of fine relative to natural persons

Except when specifically precluded, in choosing the appropriate punishment for every natural person convicted of a crime, the court shall consider the desirability of imposing a sentencing alternative involving a fine either in conjunction with or in lieu of imprisonment. A sentencing alternative involving imprisonment may not be imposed by a court solely for the reason that the person does not have the present or future financial capacity to pay a fine. [1999, c. 367, §2 (NEW).]

1999, c. 367, §2 (NEW).