Occupy Fresno participants have peacefully submitted to arrest for 16 nights -- many of them going to jail more than once for their cause.
"Five arrests, 9 different citations," Vanessa Aranda told Action News.
Despite all her arrests, Aranda still comes back to Courthouse Park every day.
When the clock strikes midnight, she's breaking the law if she stays in the park.
But Occupiers say the sheriff's office is wrong to target them like criminals.
"I feel like it's a complete waste," Aranda said. "I mean, we're not doing anything. They've said it many times that we're very peaceful."
Sheriff's deputies say they need to enforce the law whether the violators are peaceful or not. Meanwhile, overtime and other costs are racking up.
Those costs could soon shift to the district attorney's office.
Every arrest leads to a misdemeanor court case and the Occupiers plan to fight -- with a huge team of attorneys taking up their cause.
"We're going to bring it on and it's going to be a real problem for the district attorney's office to prosecute all these cases at one time," said defense attorney Charles Magill.
Magill is one of about 20 Valley lawyers who are volunteering to defend people arrested at Courthouse Park.
He compares the Occupy movement to Vietnam-era protests.