posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 03:39 AM
Originally posted by ArtOfTrance
Does anybody think its possible to claim a violation of my 8th Amendment rights by having excessive fines imposed on me?or is $400 not considered
"excessive" enough,seems like it from where I'm standing :/
Sorry but your right to be free from excessive bail, excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishments doesn't mention a sliding scale.
Most wouldn't feel $400 is excessive. A fine is punitive and meant to be inconvenient as a motivation to follow the law.
Truthfully, you put yourself in this position.
You ran a red light for whatever reason you have, fortunately nobody was going the other way.It doesn't matter whether it was a 10th of a second or 10
seconds, If somebody had been in the intersection you would have much bigger problems.
You failed to pay your fine in time for whatever reason, had a bench warrant issued and now have a larger fine.
Your best advice is to make reasonable payment arrangements and stick to them until your debt is paid and be more careful with both your driving and
taking care of your business in the future.
edit on 5-4-2012 by Drunkenparrot because: syntax