A visiting tourist enjoys himself a little too much in a local bar and offers to give a similarly inebriated girlfriend a ‘ride’.
In the early hours of the morning, he has an argument with a tree, which apparently jumps out on to the road in front of him, then the next thing he sees through blurry eyes is flashing blue lights.
His breath and his uncoordinated actions arise suspicion and he is found to be ‘above the limit’. Charges are subsequently brought for driving under the influence and careless driving; charges that no intelligent, honest person could deny. However, the tourist proves himself to either possess a minimum level of intelligence or to simply be a liar when he commits perjury by responding to the judge that he is ‘not guilty’!
Will he be convicted on three charges (the last one being deliberate perjury before the court)? If found guilty, is there an automatic fine and jail time?
Whilst Mr. Tourist would certainly be penalised heavily for his unfortunate behaviour and even more serious perjury, isn’t it a sad reflection of legal interference that Mr. Politician will attend six alcohol abuse meetings and will then have paid his full debt to society?
James A. Williams