Thursday, February 23, 2006

keepin' the little guy down.

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.

1 comment:

HarvardFirm said...

Don't they get charged only if they're found guilty (or plead guilty)? What's wrong with that?
Why should taxpayers have to pay for a drunk driver's AA class?