Here are just a few of the fees the city court in Ferguson, Mo., can bill you for:
There's a fee to plead guilty. That's $12.
You even pay for your own arrest warrant.
"The sheriff can charge you for the mileage that it costs them to serve a bench warrant," notes Alexes Harris, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington.
Each individual fee may seem small, but there are at least a dozen, and they add up. Harris, on her computer, pulled up Ferguson's municipal code.