Day Fine Law and Legal Definition

A day fine is a structured fine payment plan calculated according to a convicted individual's financial status and the severity of the crime. With origins in Europe, day fines use a two-step mathematical formula. The first step is calculated based on the severity of the offense. The second step multiplies the number of units from step one by a percentage of the offender's daily income. The number of dependents living with the offender is a factor used in the income level, along with any additional financial considerations the court deems important.