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Old 11.01.2019, 12:02
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Re: What happens to the poor who cannot afford to pay a fine in Switzerland?

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They don't have any poor people in CH
Are you sure.

I knew a guy once who wrote his notes on 1000 CHF bills because he couldn't even afford notepaper
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Re: What happens to the poor who cannot afford to pay a fine in Switzerland?

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The problem is, it doesn't consider the differences in disposable income for different income levels. Someone earning 4k a month will have a much lower percentage of it in disposable income than someone making 40k. As such the hit for the low-income earners should be expected to be much harder. And, there's a minimal amount for the Tagessatz, so once you're below some threshold the fine actually increases when measured as a proportion of your income.
While there is a minimal amount for the Tagessatz of CHF 30 per day, this can be reduced to CHF 10 per day if the circumstances warrant it. Also, the courts do in fact take into account what the disposable income is and not merely the income level.

Art. 34 (2) Swiss Criminal Code
A daily penalty unit normally amounts to a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 3000 francs. By way of exception, if the offender's personal or financial circumstances so require, the value of the daily penalty unit may be reduced to 10 francs. The court decides on the value of the daily penalty unit according to the personal and financial circumstances of the offender at the time of conviction, and in particular according to his income and capital, living expenses, any maintenance or support obligations and the minimum subsistence level.
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