2. Daily Rates
A distinction is made between the number of daily rates and the amount of daily rates. The number of the imposed daily rates makes a judgement about the measure of the guilt of the perpetrator, which is also expressed in § 43 StGB: If the fine cannot be produced, is converted one to one, i.e. one daily rate corresponds to one day imprisonment.
The amount of the daily rates is derived from the potentially available net daily income. The monthly net income is divided by thirty. The purpose of calculating the potential daily income is to ensure that the fine hits everyone equally hard. If the income is unknown, the court may estimate it. If the convicted person has no income in the sense of a salary, it depends on the sum generally available to him.
The product of the daily rate number and the daily rate amount finally results in the punishment imposed. Any press reports that merely state the amount of the fine have only very limited informative value. Because only the daily rate number says something about the severity of the act. The daily rate, on the other hand, only allows conclusions to be drawn about the offender’s financial situation.