This BURNS ME UP. It is INCONCEIVABLE to me that courts actually charge people for the pleasure of being arrested, dragged into court, and resolving the case. I've met Mr. Rideau and his story is just heart-wrenching. My clients, too, are often fined 'surcharges' and 'fees' for the pleasure of their involuntary involvement in the criminal system, and it's almost always a problem, particularly the court-ordered programs, which run in the thousands of dollars. "Despise" isn't a strong enough word to describe how I feel about this setup.