Collections and Payment Plans

** Initial payment of $200 or more is required to begin the payment plan process. **

When you are sentenced in a criminal or traffic case, the court may order you to pay a fine, civil penalty, various surcharges, court costs and victim restitution. You may be ordered to pay the full amount all at once. These plans are court orders and you must comply with them.

Your failure to comply with payment of court-ordered fees may result in:

  • Probation revocation proceedings (including for deferred judgments)
  • Contempt of court (or show cause) proceedings
  • Possible assignment of your case to a third party debt collector for collections. A surcharge of 25% of the balance due is added if this happens.
  • Your Iowa income tax refund may be applied to the outstanding balances you owe to the court.

Failure to pay certain fines will result in the suspension of your driver’s license.

Failure to pay any fine will result in a hold on your ability to register a motor vehicle.

The Poweshiek County Attorney’s Office offers a payment plan to assist in the payment of delinquent fines. Participating in the payment plan may allow you to get your driver’s license back, register a motor vehicle, and/or renew your license plates.

Please fill out and sign the Collections Financial Affidavit – Payment Plan and make an initial payment of at least $200.  Payments may be made online, in person at the courthouse, by phone at 515-348-4788, or mail with the completed application to:

Poweshiek County Attorney
PO Box 455
Montezuma, IA 50171

Any questions regarding payment plans can be emailed to: