posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 01:11 AM
Fines, court costs, attorney fees, having to pay for your time in jail, traffic cameras, mandatory classes, mandatory counseling, work details,
community service, etc.. The entire US judicial system has become a source of profit for local and state governments. It become nothing more then a
new set of taxes to place on the general population.
I had a friend who was charged with reckless driving, we figured out how much the state made off of him, and it was quite a nice little profit. By the
time he was done he had paid for his time in jail, the food they gave him during his few hours there, having his car impounded, his attorney, court
costs, a fine, a state appointed counseling appointment, a DMV appointed class, a temp work license, a restricted license, a new license, DMV court
cost (a separate court besides real court), and more that I cannot even think of at the moment. Thousands of dollars went into the states pocket, and
the worst part was the officer lied, which was attested to by his own dash-cam, but the state would not let the case drop because it would have then
COST them money.
So they threaten folks, make them jump through a bunch of inconvenient hurdles, and run up a HUGE legal tab, then finally offer them a plea after the
person is either too broke, to scared, or to tired of the BS to fight for their innocence. That way they win, even if they had no case to begin with.
See once the officer arrests you, the state begins spending money out of its pocket that it plans on getting back, if you somehow can afford to stay
the course and beat them, they are out a vast sum of money, and its all the about the $$ anymore.
Heck our Governor down here has told the individual cities that they cannot install red light cams, but the cities have made ordinances to by-pass the
fact that they are not really legal. Here in my town they have even gone so far as to add right hand turn lights to the intersections with the cameras
because too many people were getting away with no fine for making legal right on red turns. They showed the profit made by my city on one such light
to be in the millions in the several months since it has been installed.