Florida will now charge defendant's $100.00 dollars in cold, hard cash, for motions to transfer probation to another state. As a member of the Interstate Compact on Detainers, as well as many other compacts, the law provides for a one-hundred-dollar fee and the fee is NOT waivable. Like that Federal Special Assessment. Do or don't do whatever you want with the Feds, but pay your one hundred dollar special assessment or else.
The new transfer probation fee is the same. No money no motion no order no nothing.
We like the fee. We'd like to see the whole system transformed into a "pay as you go" system. You pay for driving on the turnpike to Orlando. You pay for the HOV lane on I-95. And you pay for criminal court proceedings.
Arraignment fee: $25.00. And like the airlines, there should be groups. Want to move from group five to group one? Pay another $25.,00 and be called within the first ten cases.
Motion to continue fee: $50.00. Delays cost the system money. Everyone knows that.
Motion to compel discovery? The losing party pays $50,00 bucks. If the state hasn't sent discovery, they pay the costs of the motion.
Motion to dismiss: $100.00.
The point is that why stop at motions to transfer probation to Las Vegas or Oklahoma? Everything we do in court costs money. The clerks have to make notations on the file for each case (notation fee?). They have to place everything we file in the file (filing fee?). They have to find the file and bring it to court (finders fee?) and the calendar clerk has to calendar hearings (calendar fee?). Court reporters have to take down everything that is occurring (reporting fee?) and judges have to pretend they are interested in the proceedings (judicial fee?).
So let's pay as we go, because in for a penny, in for a bitcoin (which today is worth a whole lot less than it was worth yesterday.