excessive fine

An imposition prohibited by the Constitution of the United States and many of the state constitutions; a relative matter, dependent upon many factors, including the financial status of the person penalized. An imposition so disproportionate to the offense as to present a plain conflict between the constitutional prohibition and those of the statute prescribing the punishment. 21 Am J2d Crim L § 601. A fine imposed in a criminal case is excessive, even though within the maximum provided by statute, if it is apparently beyond the power of the defendant to pay it forthwith, or even during a lifetime of effort. State v Ross, 55 Or 450, 104 P 596.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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