Court Costs, Fines & Jails

Court Costs 

If you plead guilty or are found guilty of an offense, court costs will be imposed. Court costs are required by state law and are remitted to the general fund of the County, to the Office of the State Court Administrator, and to the State Department of Revenue.


The amount of fine assessed by the court is determined by the facts and circumstances of the case. Mitigating circumstances may lower the fine. However, aggravating circumstances may increase the fine. In no case may the fine exceed $1,000, plus costs, for each offense. All fines are deposited in the general fund of St. Charles County Government.


In some cases, incarceration in the county jail may be part of your sentence. The Judge will inform you before you enter your plea if the charge is one for which jail time is likely to be imposed.