Laws need not be logical to be legal. For example, does it make any sense that a motorcycle cop can issue a citation for failing to wear a seat belt? What motorcycle has seat belts? Does it make any sense to charge an 18 year old with the crime of “Possession of Alcohol By a Minor”, yet its legal for this same 18 year old to become an porn star on her 18th birthday? Drinking a Miller Lite is illegal, but porn acting is perfectly legal. I suppose she could act like she’s drinking beer while filming her scenes, but they’d have to fill the bottle with apple juice for the youngster. Or, at age 18, you can join the armed forces and, potentially, kill people in defense of our country. But, you can’t drink a beer. Sorry, that’s a crime. Doesn’t seem right, does it? I think that, if you’re old enough to defend my freedom, have a beer. I’m buying. Anyway, let’s try to transition into the somewhat less exciting topic of driving while license suspended (DWLS). Smooth segue, right?
Driving on a suspended license (DWLS) is a progressive disease. It starts small, but often grows into a prison term. Here’s the pathology: a citizen gets caught driving without a valid license. A cop issues a citation. But, as luck would have it, the person gets caught driving a second time without a valid license. Then this same person gets caught driving a third time. Once a driver has three convictions for driving on a suspended license, you have now officially caught the attention of the Department of Motor Vehicles (and that, my friends, is never a good thing). At this stage, the DMV will issue what is called a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) suspension for five years. If a driver is caught a fourth time driving on an HTO suspension–this is a felony offense, carrying up to five years prison. Continue Reading