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Let me work out if I'm nuts, here.

I got a speeding ticket yesterday. Also got my car towed, because my license had been suspended for not paying an insurance surcharge. I hadn't paid it because I hadn't been notified, and I hadn't been notified because the DMV hadn't recorded my address change despite having been told six times. But there's a law on the books that says I'm guilty of driving without a valid license *for any reason*. When I go to plead the ticket, the prosecutor will offer to "reduce" my "offense" from "driving without a license" to "driving on a suspended license" and expect me to plead guilty to the "lesser" charge, pay about $300 in fines, and then I "can go." Edit:Why now just drive more slowly from now on? I'm working on that, but at this time I was driving 62 mph on a four-lane divided highway. Seems both safe and reasonable to me, although I'm sure the judge will feel otherwise.End Edit

I expect that if I refuse the prosecutor's deal, the judge will find me guilty of the greater charge, as that's the way courts work. Bigger fine, possible loss of license. Edit: Courts work that way because they are in fact businesses, and if they don't find me guilty they don't get to make money by fining me. But they are *in theory* insitutions of "Justice." Question #1 is am I nuts for trying to actually *get* justice out of a municipal judge in New Jersey?End Edit

I know if I ask either my folks or a lawyer for advice, the advice will be "Take the prosecutor's deal and settle." Parents and lawyers both work that way.

I need to figure out *for myself* if that's bad advice or not. In the meantime I have to bike to work today, then bike to a train station to go to Trenton to get my license restored, then take Gabe to his dance lesson, then tomorrow go get my car back. Living without a car in this state is simply not possible, but *that* is a legal battle I can't fight; by the System, driving is a privilege, not a right, regardless of whether you can keep a job without being able to drive.

So the question I'm dancing around is, what is Law? Is it whatever the Legislature says it is? I don't think so; law gets challenged not infrequently, but again, part of the rules is only lawyers are allowed to do so. I'm merely a citizen. Think about that last sentence for a few minutes, if you will.

I'm not thinking clearly about this yet; I'll try again after I get back with my license restored.

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Update on the traffic mess: It's a circular logic problem. The DMV messed up my address change, and so I didn't get a municipal court notice. THe municipal court suspended my license for failure to appear; when I came in and settled things with them, they told me that it was the DMV's business to reinstate it. The DMV then hit me up for the insurance surcharge, sending the insurance surcharge to my old address, still not having straightened out that problem. So they suspended my license again for failing to pay the surcharge, and tacked another surcharge on top of it. THis morning I went and paid an installment on that, along with a $100 "reinstatement fee;" I have *some* documentation of all this, but not complete documentation. (Fixing my recordkeeping is a high priority; I should be able to instantly put my hands on *all* this shit, but at this point I don't think I still *have* *all* of it.)

If I can find the right "Mr. Fixit" lawyer, all this can magically go away. I don't know how to find that lawyer, though; my previous efforts have given me two guaranteed methods to *not* find him. If you ask the lawyers, the judge must spend his entire life on the golf course; almost every lawyer claims to be his golfing buddy. I will be very amused if I discover the judge doesn't play golf.

Time to go shower and dress, and then eat, and take Gabe to ballet class. Maybe I'll get a chance to call Walden this afternoon.

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My, but life got busy in a hurry. A flurry of lists...Collapse )

I suspect I may have a previously undetected drama bug I have to get rid of. Drama is only fun if there's a paying audience involved, and prefereably a lighting board to play with.