Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Civil Penalty

The Criminalizing of American business is a gigantic extrapolation of what local government has been doing with parking and traffic fines for decades. The accused, who may be innocent, sees defending himself as to troublesome or expensive and just pays the fine. Later he learns of hidden cost, such as insurance surcharges, or being label as an habitual offender.

To make the prosecution easier States now call these civil penalties rather than fines, although it is difficult to see how someone violating a stop sign has cost the state anything.

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