Citizens support ending mandatory minimum sentence for driving with a suspended or revoked license – 120 citizens, 272 responses

Nov 23, 2015

In response to the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee recommendation that NH repeal the seven-day mandatory minimum sentence for driving with a suspended or revoked license, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members “Should NH end mandatory minimum sentences for driving with a suspended or revoked license?” 

A total of 82% of respondents answered directly or with a concurrence. Out of these responses, a 74% majority said NH should end seven-day mandatory minimum sentences for driving with a suspended or revoked license with 26% against it. Of the remaining respondents, 9% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 9% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 120 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 272 responses. 

For those of the majority opinion, several respondents expressed concern that the current law does not take into account that each individual case is unique.  Many questioned the fairness of the mandatory minimum sentence when it is possible people do not know their license is suspended. One gentleman spoke from personal experience, as he said “I didn't find out [my license] was actually suspended until I got a letter saying I could go and have it reinstated.” Others cited pragmatic concerns, including another respondent who added, “If someone can't afford to pay their fine and gets suspended [and] then they get caught driving to work, they shouldn't automatically be forced into jail time.”

Several with the opposite opinion, though, questioned how people could not know their license is suspended, including one respondent who said, “Keep the law. Almost everyone who drives without a license knows they don’t have one.” Others expressed concern over what might happen if people were to be caught driving without a license, but did not suffer any consequences. One gentleman added, “People are always crying about the lawlessness in today's society, but when something gets done about it they start crying for pity.”

For respondents who did not provide a direct “yes” or “no” to the question, several questioned the importance of the topic when compared with other current issues. One respondent remarked, “[We] should concentrate more on families being destroyed by unjust decisions because of too much power.”

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

Do you support ending mandatory minimum sentences for driving with a suspended license? Leave a comment and have your say! 

Comments

Cee Justice Ransone-Bey

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 1:59am

The Right or Power of Locomotion; of changing one’s situation; or moving one’s person to whatsoever place one's own inclination may direct without imprisonment or restraint unless by due course of law.

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The Right to Travel; the Right to Mode of Conveyance; The Right to Locomotion are all absolute rights, and the police cannot make void the exercise of Rights. Statev. Armstead. 60s 78, and 781

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The Right of a citizen to Travel upon the public highways and to transport one’s property thereon, either by carriage or automobile, is not a mere privilege which a city may prohibit or permit at will but a common right which he / she has under the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Thompson v. Smith 154SE 579:

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No state shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and attach a fee to it.”

Murdock v. Penn., 319 US 105

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“If the state converts a liberty into a privilege, the citizen can engage in the right with impunity.”

Shuttlesworth v. Birmingham, 373 US 262

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"Traffic infractions are not a crime."

People v. Battle, 50 Cal. App. 3,step 1, 123 Cal.Rptr. 636,639.

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“Speeding, driving without a license, wrong plates or no plates, no registration, no tags, etc., have been held to be “non-arrestable offenses”

Cal V. Farley, 98 Cal. Rep. 89, 20 CA 3d 1032.

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The Drivers License Instrument IS NOT identification in that not only does it not have a Nationality on it, it has an expiration date on it, of which your identity DOES NOT expire. It is adminstered from a corporate agency and is an instrument for commerce, thus could never be identification for the natural people. It is an instrument of 'trafficking humans or human trafficking' which is an international crime of genocide, as commerce does not and never meant the natural people. If used as an identification it denationalizes a natural person. As an instrument, it is for commerce. To use it as a 'permission' to travel is to deny you of the 'right' to travel, as it turns that right into a privilege by licensing it and attaching a fee to it. However states are forbidden from doing so as follows:

“No state shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and attach a fee to it.”
Murdock v. Penn., 319 US 105

“If the state converts a liberty into a privilege, the citizen can engage

in the right with impunity.”

Shuttlesworth v. Birmingham, 373 US 262

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Jacquelyn Benson
- Kensington

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 9:13am

A bill that would repeal all mandatory minimum sentences in the state, HB 605 (2015), was recommended for passage by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee after amendments which limited its scope to armed career criminals, habitual offenders, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. 

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