reply to post by ownbestenemy
Your posts sound like they are written by a lawyer.
The original question was, do you think it is just to imprison a person on a technicality?
It is the duty of the courts to adhere to the spirit of the US Constitution.
Yeah the courts should forget about it, unless the safety violation is of such seriousness that it is criminal. Ordinary safety violations should not
be handled by the courts.
They are jailed because they completely neglected their responsibility in a system of law.
See, this kind of thinking is a fundamental flaw of the way law is currently interpreted. The people do not have responsibility to the courts, the
courts have responsibility to the people, and jailing people for a safety violation, OR for missing a court date for a safety violation is not being
responsible, is is seriously violating the rights of the people.
Maybe this will help. You are driving down the road and make a mistake, you run a red light. You get pulled over, the officer cites you for the
infraction. That ticket isn't an admission of guilt, it is a binding agreement that you will appear in court to defend your actions. The State for
the most part, has provided an avenue to pay the fine, rather than appear.
See, here are dry clear indications of the flaws in your thinking.
First you assume I am guilty.
Second you expect me to sacrifice my time and money in order to prove that I did not make a mistake.
Third, you insist that making a mistake is a criminal act, which it is not, and therefore no one should have to go to a court of law because they made
The rule of law should be just, and the courts profiting off of fines leveled for safety violations is extremely unjust.
It costs time and money to go to court, just by appearing, you have to forfeit your liberties. Which is why someone should only have to appear I court
for very grave matters. A questionable call of whether or not to proceed through an intersection made in the split second after the light changed to
yellow is not a grave matter. Having to pay a stiff fine or take time off for someone struggling to get by is a very serious matter. The system is