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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 06:54 AM
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31. Actually, the cop wasn't being a butthead. Hear me out---
Edited on Sat Dec-03-11 07:09 AM by msanthrope
Under this screwed-up law, there is no provision for 'ticketing.' The cop was required, by law, to 'detain.'

But he didn't.

Technically, IDL is not a 'license.' It is a translation of the license issued by your home country. You need to carry both. I know, I've had one. So when the man showed up in court with his actual driver's license--the Japan one, charges were dropped.

This is a good case for the challenge of the law...the law is confusing, hard to implement, and is not tailored to be 'least restrictive' to the liberty of ordinary citizens and other people legally going about their business.****

The thing is, that cop KNEW the guy was ok. The cop also knew that he, technically, didn't have the proper documents under the poorly written law.

So the cop made a decision, and on the fly, decided to put the matter before a judge, WITHOUT arrest. He made a judgment call that he isn't allowed to do, under this very bad law.%%%%

This is very embarrassing to the individual. But, it also may help getting a horrible law overturned.

****Alabama cops got a 4-hour training course on this law. Immigration officials gets 8 weeks, minimum, of intensive training.

&&&&On edit, I've been thinking. One point to bring up in challenge to this law is that LEOs routinely have the discretion to ticket you, and have a judge sort it out, or give you time to comply when it comes to traffic enforcement, zoning, why don't cops have this discretion written into this law?

All this from a state too lazy to adopt E-Verify. Right--because then, EVERYONE would have to be checked out....
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