I was a victim of the police harassment few years ago when I was arrested and put in jail for DUI. It happened on a rainy night. After a nice and peaceful dinner at home, my wife and I went to a neighborhood bar, about five minutes drive from our home. When we came out of the bar, I felt perfectly in control to drive my car home. And we did. Absolutely safe, with no incidents. I drove into my driveway, turned the engine off, came out and closed the door of the car. As I closed the door, a police car pulled into my driveway. He said that he had been following me, and that I was “weaving”. He then put me through the test, handcuffed me and took me in his police car to the station, leaving my wife behind in a state of shock. I was in my 40s then, never had a moving violation nor have ever been involved in any accident in 30 years of driving. I never had anything to do with the police in my life, let alone being handcuffed and finger printed in a police station.
Later we found out that the cop was hiding somewhere in the parking lot of the bar, waiting for his prey. He then followed us, hoping that I make a driving mistake. He had no chance to stop me before I pulled into my driveway. The charge of “weaving” is an excuse they use to put you through the DUI test. There is no way you can prove you were not “weaving”. These guys have daily quotas. They must issues a certain number of tickets and get DUI cases, no matter what. It is easy money and a profitable business for the courts and the district attorney’s office that encourages the police to catch victimless DUI drivers. It is harassment, extortion and destruction of innocent people’s life. Pure and Simple.
I had to spend that night in jail (first time in my life) in the company of a drug dealer and another guy who had jumped parole for a bank robbery. That was followed by going to the court, paying $2,000 in fines, having to go to DUI night classes for 3 months and having to attend AA gatherings in the company of skid row characters, pushing Jesus down my atheist throat. Then they revoked my driver’s license for 2 years, crippling my ability to go to my work which required 30 miles of daily commuting. I could no longer rent a car at my business trips, thus affecting my ability to do my business that required customer visits. (BTW. Who says driving is a privilege? If I could afford a limo with a 24-hour chauffeur, I’d never drive. These days, driving is a necessary evil to make a living, especially in the Greater Los Angeles area).
Yes. I agree with the OP. The DUI laws are ridiculously harsh, especially for victimless cases as described above. I believe there should be a full investigation into the police quota system and the criminal manner in which the police, the DMV and the courts gang up together to extort fines (profits?) from innocent people, destroying lives and careers in the process…