The DUI Extortion Racket

This book investigates and exposes the other side of the DUI arrest story, which is all about generating revenue.

It irreverently asks . . .

Are DUI law enforcers protectors or predators? Are they men of virtue or highway bandits? Are they trying to protect Joe Citizen, or are they trying to get Joe Citizen?

It argues that . . .

DUI enforcers who handcuff social drinkers behind their backs, rape them of their liberty, give them criminal records, and extort them for a year, are violators, not protectors, of human rights.

Citizens who drive after social drinking are not criminals. They are sinners no worse than the other sinners who make up the human race. The punishment for their sin is what's criminal.

The DUI arrests of most social drinkers are deliberate shakedowns for money that police get away with using the phony excuse that it saves lives. Arrest cell phone users then . . .

The real reason for giving common, decent citizens criminal records and holding them hostage for a year is not to deter them, but to legally extort them. It's all about the money . . .

Nobody's perfect, so why are common citizens robbed of their liberty for failing to be perfect? Are the enforcers and judges who enslave them perfect, virtuous humans? Is extortion not a crime?

DUI enforcers know, as we all do, that it is not the sinner buried chest deep in the ground and stoned to death who is evil, it is the stone throwers who are. Yet the enforcers still cast the first stone.

If we can praise the honest kind of law enforcement that protects decent citizens from real criminals, we can and must condemn the dishonest kind that makes criminals out of decent citizens.


We have all heard it said that there are two sides to every story. Yet, the only side of the DUI arrest story presented for public consumption by the media and law enforcement is that the police, who make the DUI arrests, are always right, fair, and interested only in protecting the common good. That is of course true some of the time - whenever they arrest truly dangerous drunk drivers. The rest of the time, however, there is a different, hidden agenda in play whose purpose is generating large amounts of revenue. Our law enforcers fulfill this agenda by making as many DUI arrests of common social drinking citizens as possible. That is the other side of the DUI arrest story, and the one that this book investigates, analyzes, and exposes.

The detailed accounts of real life events in this book reveal how making a huge income from DUI arrests has become the all-consuming goal of DUI law enforcement. In almost every chapter the author drives home the point that the mercenary goal behind these arrests is absolutely immoral, and is a practice that must be abolished and replaced by a fair and moral system. Our DUI law enforcers will, of course, deride and reject the very notion that anything they do is immoral, and scoff at the factual evidence this author presents that exposes their mercenary intentions. They will instead continue to claim that they are interested only in public safety, and not the least tiny bit in the money. Throughout this book, the author reveals the deceitfulness of that claim, and does so very irreverently. He argues that it's tyranny and a violation of human rights for DUI law enforcers to arrest, criminalize, extort, and virtually enslave common, decent citizens for committing a very common human sin. And, as a former DUI arrestee and normal, everyday citizen, he sees a similarity between today's practice by DUI law enforcers of forcibly shackling, and making common citizens the property of the state for a year, and early America's legal practice by the politically privileged class of acquiring new slaves for their own economic benefit.

Mr. Damusis argues that while it is obvious today that the legal slave ownership of bygone years was evil, what's not so obvious today is how evil it is to use DUI arrests to legally rob America's common, fundamentally decent citizens of their liberty. It is why the author refers to the DUI arrests of very common social drinking citizens as "liberty rape". And if the reader thinks it's hyperbole to use the rape word in the context of a DUI arrest, then the author suggests that the reader imagine for an instance how they would feel if they harmed nothing and no one, but were handcuffed behind their back, arrested, and jailed for the very common sin of having had a moderate amount of alcohol to drink before driving home. Over one million social drinkers are arrested this way every year in America, and then made into virtual prisoners of their state for a year.

However, just for the record, the author wants to make clear that he agrees with the common sense argument that, in the interests of public safety, dangerously drunk drivers should be arrested and removed from the road. But at the same time, he argues that moderately intoxicated drivers should not be arrested, jailed, and then punished in bizarre and multiple ways for a full year. He claims this for the following common sense reason. If every moderately intoxicated social drinking driver in America could actually be caught and punished for DUI, then over just a few years time, every other adult citizen in America would have an arrest and DUI criminal record. Common sense should tell our ruling class that such mass arrests of common citizens for a very common sin would have the look and feel of government tyranny. This is why Mr. Damusis emphasizes that moderate drinking before driving should not be regarded as a crime, but as an act equivalent to a traffic infraction like, for instance, exceeding the speed limit by a moderate amount on an interstate highway. And since unbiased traffic accident research indicates that moderately intoxicated drivers cause no more accidents than alcohol free drivers, then why are they being so cavalierly arrested, demonized, and held hostage instead of just being ticketed? Mr. Damusis argues repeatedly that this mass harvesting of common social drinking citizens is being done because it generates a massive amount of revenue for local government and law enforcement.

So even though the author wholeheartedly agrees that the most rational safety policy is to not drink any alcohol at all before driving, he also insists that those who do drink in moderation before driving are not criminals by any stretch of the imagination. After all, they are doing only what millions of social drinkers do so naturally every weekend night in this our alcohol permissive, car-based culture. This is why our law makers and enforcers are on the wrong side of logic and morality to call such common, moderate drinking before driving a crime. That criminal label is applied only because it gives the law enforcers a legal reason (fighting crime) to arrest and extort people just for sinning. It's a self-serving hypocrisy by our law enforcers, and performed only because it generates a huge amount of revenue from the huge number of common citizens they arrest every night. They do not care at all how emotionally and financially devastating an arrest is for a decent, social drinking driver, as long as they can make the large sums of money they do to grow and maintain their business. Yet compared to moderately intoxicated drivers, the cellphone texting drivers, and drivers who break the speed laws, are much more dangerous. That is why, in this book, the author asks how it can be considered just and fair that the more dangerous drivers only get traffic tickets, while the less dangerous social drinking ones get robbed of their reputations, money, and liberty for a year? And just what does it say about the character of a government agency that clearly wants to get Joe Citizen for his money, rather than protect Joe Citizen from unnecessary arrest and criminalization?

From the beginning until the end of this book, Mr. Damusis maintains that most of the DUI arrests of social drinkers, who are so cavalierly libeled criminals, is the real crime. It's a "gotcha" game; a tyranny against imperfect humanity; a kidnapping for ransom; a shakedown for money. It's the crime of extortion, pure and simple. An expensive traffic ticket and a towed car would be more than enough of a DUI deterrent for the average, non-recidivist, social drinking driver.

Mr. Damusis is not a law professional, and received no professional mentoring in the writing of this book. His arguments are a product of his personal experiences, internet research, and unconventional thinking. What makes his book unique and different from the other books written on the subject of DUI law enforcement is its direct frontal attack on America's mercenary DUI justice system, and its oppressive DUI laws and enforcement policies. But along with all the criticism, disparaging rhetoric, and moral admonishments, this book offers some innovative and constructive alternatives to our current DUI laws. It describes methodologies that would actually prevent DUI offenses, as well as protect common citizens from being shackled, arrested, and criminalized. If implemented, these methods would transform our nation's DUI law enforcement system from the self-serving, money making racket it is today to the moral, human rights respecting public service it has the obligation to be.

The thesis and main message of this book can be summed up this way: The punishment for most DUI offenses does not fit the so called crime; moderate social drinking before driving is at worst a sin, not a crime; the punishment itself is a crime. This book also criticizes those with legal power who try to win every law enforcement argument by pontificating that "We are a nation of laws". The author points out that laws deemed immoral or unconstitutional can be, and have been, changed by righteous citizens and their political representatives. Just consider how, not so long ago, slavery and then racial segregation were legal and protected by law. Today we all agree that those laws were highly immoral and needed to be abolished and replaced by moral, human rights respecting laws. Thankfully, that happened. This book seeks the same fate for our immoral DUI laws. In fact, it is the ultimate goal of this book to motivate common citizens, human rights advocating lawyers, Congress, and the Supreme Court to abolish our extortionary, liberty destroying DUI laws, and replace them with laws that are ethical and humane.

Author's Book Reading Recommendation: Since this book is quite long (350 pages), and many non-fiction book readers do not have the time or desire to read every chapter and every page, the author recommends the following strategy. First read the Introduction, then Chapter 11 - Has MADD Gone Mad?, then the Conclusion. If these three chapters pique your interest enough to read more, then the author recommends that you next read Chapter 18 - Good Cops, Bad Cops, Criminal Cops. This chapter is a personal and revealing narrative about the most memorable, bad life experiences the author has had with law enforcement. Reading just these few chapters will provide you with a good understanding of the theme and personality of this book. This is because each chapter is an essay that, like a short story, can stand alone. So even when read out of sequence, each chapter still presents this book's thesis and message, and one the author hopes will be stimulating enough to motivate the reader to read the entire book. If not, then the reader will at least have saved themselves lots of reading time. In addition, if you have the interest to learn more about this book, you can hear about it straight from the author's mouth by watching the YouTube videos below.

Table of Contents
About The Author
Chapter 1 – Questioning Authority
Chapter 2 – Kidnapped for Ransom
Chapter 3 – No Prison for Old Men
Chapter 4 – Libeled, Enslaved, and Extorted
Chapter 5 – The Cost of Freedom Lost
Chapter 6 – School for DUI Hostages
Chapter 7 – Counseled By Extortionists
Chapter 8 – A Masquerade of Virtue
Chapter 9 – Criminalized for Sinning
Chapter 10 – Probation for Sinners
Chapter 11 – Has MADD Gone Mad?
Chapter 12 – It’s Show Business
Chapter 13 – More Dangerous Than a Drunk Driver
Chapter 14 – Creating Criminals As a Business
Chapter 15 – It's All About The Money
Chapter 16 – Enablers and Sellers are Guilty Too
Chapter 17 – The Traffic Ticket Racket
Chapter 18 – Good Cops, Bad Cops, Criminal Cops
Chapter 19 – Keeping Police Honest
Chapter 20 – Partial Prohibition: DUI Prevention at the Source
Chapter 21 – Slavery in America, Past and Present
Chapter 22 – Facts They Don’t Want You to Know
Chapter 23 – The Witherspoon Experience
Chapter 24 – The Voices of Reason
Chapter 25 – A Shameless Culture of Deception
The Author's YouTube Presentation of This Book

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Melinda K. 8/1/2015 Pittsburgh, PA
    George, thank you for sharing your experience and research. I am a newly inducted DUI victim of the over 1 million arrested each year nationwide and 54,000 in Pennsylvania.
    My experience, May 31, 2015, was so traumatic that I still have nightmares every night. Yet, your experience was a million times worse. Luckily, in the suburbs, outside of Pittsburgh, they don't incarcerate you while waiting for blood results. There are several books(not that many) about dui's and the laws, predominately written by attorneys, but, none from the victim.
    I guess most people are too embarrassed, traumatized, and overwhelmed to share their stories. I've wanted to crawl in a corner, cry, and hide from the world (mostly have). Everybody has their "story" of their dui. I won't go into specifics, but the hardest part for me is that I feel like you- I did everything right. I drank socially and had 1 drink every 1 and half hours. I was a responsible social drinker, playing by the rules of DARE, MADD, and the government, and I was entrapped and arrested for it!
    I worked hard and earned my career. I worked as a history teacher and taught my students to respect police officers (my biggest regret ) and that they have Constitutional rights (joke).....!!!! Recently, I was forced to take an early retirement due to a broken cervical neck/spine injury that was reconstructed at Cleveland Clinic with my hip bone in my neck and a 10 hr. reconstructive surgery. I even went to back to work after the surgery- in chronic pain until a year ago a student was running for his bus, not looking forward, and ran into the back of me and knocked me over. Goodbye 10 hour surgery. Now, the metal is pressing on my spine, but I'm only semi-paralyzed, not enough for my surgeon to risk another surgery...yet.
    I tell you this because all I asked the officers was to please not hurt my neck. I told them I'm not resisting arrest. (I'm 5'4, smallish frame, and have a broken neck-not a physical threat) They banged my neck against the car when I was getting in. Amazingly, all the dash cams are missing? So much for justice. The initial police officer even told me that I "was no harm to myself or others and that I could go." He literally handed me my license and then his supervisor pulled up with his red and blue lights and snatched my license right out of my hands. The supervisor made me do SFTS, said I passed, but arrested me anyway. At police station, (i'm so glad you educated me on the "dehydration" ploy), I blew into intoxilizer and according to the supervisor "broke it 3 times." Really? What a scam. He screamed in my face that I was "nothing but trouble" and other things I don't remember because I've never in my life been bullied and screamed at so belligerently. I also had absolutely nothing prior on my record. (Your right, being handcuffed is traumatizing especially when you haven't committed a crime)The police officer ran it and mocked me saying "you're the cleanest record I've ever arrested," What an excuse for a man! Oh, and very professional of the police officers as I cried and they mocked me. "Did we make you cry? Why are you crying?" Seriously. It is a joke to them. I'm thinking of my child, my future, my physical pain, and the men, (that I worked for my entire life and pay their salary, so they can have the best benefits and earn a lot more than most Americans) are belittling me! The police station and intoxilizer room videos are missing, too!!!!
    By the way, I never spoke to the supervisor. Not once. I cried and trembled. I was completely compliant, respectful, and polite...Petrified. Yes, I was a total idiot and the perfect DUI arrestee. In retrospect, I should have arrested myself for believing the police were reasonable and decent humans. They are mercenaries.
    I was taken to the hospital for a blood draw. Talk about invasive and a violation of the 6th amendment They puncture your skin and search your body for evidence to incriminate you. The nurse acted like the sweetest person in the world and then wrote all lies on the report. Even told the private investigator, my attorney hired, all lies. After reading extensively about my rights, I was never offered one of the tubes of blood for me to have independently evaluated (they take 2 and it is your legal right to take one) the nurse didn't invert the blood, it was not refrigerated, etc... the entire process, chain of custody, of the blood is done to make sure the blood coagulates and elevates bac by 2 to 3 times. My bac wasn't even rationale. By the way, they estimated my weight. Didn't even weigh me. So, the blood bac is considered a precise science, yet they estimated my weight, did not follow proper procedures, and sent it away to a "secret" pa state police lab!! Wow.(hospital tapes rewrite every 30 days, I was informed that after I was charged 45 days after the incident-even though the police had my blood results in 10 no hospital video. Imagine that! How convenient for the corrupt police. )
    My preliminary is Aug. 31. I'm prepared to lose. Your book is right. It is collusion, extortion, corruption, and criminal at the highest level. The decent, hardworking, responsible American doesn't have a prayer against this monster. Everyone I know that has been pulled over has lied and never gotten a dui. I thought being honest, because I wasn't impaired or drunk at all, was the right thing. What's the saying "No good deed goes unpunished?" For doing the right thing, my entire meager savings is gone, my neck/spine injured more(no medical and too young for Medicaid), and I have a criminal record- not even including the emotional duress.
    The only thing criminal about dui's is the predatory protocol the police/government employ. Perhaps if they weren't so busy entrapping and arresting and re-entrapping (with faulty machines and secret blood labs) responsible, non-impaired social drinkers, maybe they would actually save lives by doing their job and spotting erratic drivers that are impaired. But, then they wouldn't make their financial quota! The fact that the police report was complete lies, the hospital report complete lies, the TESTS secret, and that all the video tapes are missing is a crime. I have no defense. They made sure of that. It is very hard not to think of living in Nazi Germany. Every civil right an American has and earned is taken away when one police officer has to make his quota...It is guilty until proven innocent and a stain on our Constitution. Every American should be outraged. I want to believe in good, but I truly don't anymore. Everyone always told me it "kill or be killed" and I refused to live with that motto. I believed in goodness. I raised my child to believe in goodness. I was a fool. I am disgusted, ashamed, and traumatized by the injustice...all for revenue.
    I apologize that I rambled. I'm just grateful that you had the courage to write your book. It brings me comfort as I go through this unfathomable process and suffer this injustice. Sincerely, Melinda
Melinda K. 8/3/2015. Her second email to George after his reply to her first.
    George, Thank you for replying. I hope some day I see most police officers as family men and my anger dissipates. I'm usually carefree and happy for the simple things...but that got me in this situation. Ironic, our township had a community day fireworks Saturday night and one township over had a dui checkpoint. Unbelievable. My son saw it, but wasn't on the road to pass through it. My brain wants to explode thinking about the people's lives they ruined that night by violating the 5,6,8, & 16th amendments. It's no wonder police officers have high suicide rates. How do they sleep at night or live with themselves
    My attorney said that there is a slim chance that they can get the dash cam video. That would be helpful. It would discredit every word the officer wrote in the report from using the door to balance myself from exiting my car, to failing FSTs. It will show hitting my head and most importantly, that I was not impaired...even by the judgment of the initial arresting officer that said it 3 times.
    However, any released videos go to the DA first to review before my attorney, even though we subpoenaed them. What a racket! I feel Americans only recourse is to have multiple (hidden) cameras in their vehicles in order to show the abuse of power and entrapment of police officers. (I guess we're like Russia now where everyone has dash cams because police abuse is so prevalent.)
    My attorney's investigator(ex-Pittsburgh police officer) actually said that was the only way I could go to trial and have a chance to win. If I videoed it myself. I don't have much faith. My attorney adamantly believes in the blood science and I'm shocked. He's a very reputable criminal lawyer... Although, the neck/spine is a valid consideration. I'm sure the police and nurse thought I was lying due to my age 45 and physicality. I work hard everyday (without narcotics- just a lot of steroids) to maintain my neck. My x-ray says a thousand words and my mom took time stamped photos of the bruises on my shoulder and wrists.
    It is very expensive, so far $3000.00 and I'm at the very beginning. Next step is to get fingerprinted and photographed by Aug. 21. I'm sick just thinking about it. I found your book on Amazon. Thanks again for the support. I will keep you updated. Melinda
George in response to Melinda K. emails. 5/15/2016
    Thank you for sharing your painful but truth revealing DUI arrest story with us, Melinda. It was upsetting to read how callously, and yes even criminally, you were treated by our DUI police, especially after having had those severe neck injuries and the surgically implanted neck brace. Nonetheless, I am very grateful for your detailed account of it all. What you related so eloquently has great relevance and importance to the DUI arrest and extortion topics that I discuss and expose in my book. I believe that many of the millions of social drinkers, who were unfairly arrested over the past decade, could tell us shocking stories of abuse as well.
    I think we can all agree that removing dangerously drunk drivers from our streets is a necessary and logical action, and that arresting them is the only practical way to do so. On the other hand, what's logical or just, especially given the alcohol permissive society we live in, about arresting common social drinkers who drank responsibly and moderately before driving home after an innocent visit to a place of entertainment? Simple common sense logic says they absolutely do not deserve an arrest and a criminal record for life. And even if they show some moderate impairment, they should still get no greater a punishment than a ticket, like speeders get, and a towed car if necessary.
    Please keep me informed about the latest status of your experience with our extortionary DUI justice system. Your engrossing DUI arrest story exposes the hypocrisy of our DUI enforcement system, and the sadism and abusive behavior of many of our DUI enforcers. Even though it was sad to read about your mistreatment, it was enlightening from a human rights perspective. Thanks for sharing it with us. We little people, who harmed no one, are the ones being harmed, and it's ironic and perverted that it is happening at the hands of our respected "Protect and Serve" team -- our DUI law enforcers and politicians. Only in a police state are such police actions the norm. We the People, in this land of the free, should never be subjected to such tyrannical police behavior.
    So even if we assume that most of America's police are decent human beings, there are still far too many DUI enforcers on our streets who are eager to arrest us just for their own personal gain. And those who do so are human rights violators, and deserve the same punishment (jail time and fines) that they are dishing out to decent social drinking citizens. And until we can legally force these self serving enforcers to be our servants, and not our robbers and slave masters, we are stuck with them.
    Here's hoping that the liberty rape you experienced at the hands of a mercenary DUI cop will soon fade into a distant bad memory. I am also hoping that the inhumane criminalization of decent citizens, like yourself, will someday soon be abolished and replaced by a much more civilized form of police work.
horseman1st1 on YouTube sometime in 2015. His response to the first of George's four videos about this book.
    I couldn't agree with you more. Disgusting is the assertion that anyone with a blood alcohol content of .08 is intoxicated and unfit to operate a motor vehicle safely. You are an intelligent person and have a good grasp of what is really going on with this. Unfortunately we are up against the mindset of irrational mothers against drunk driving who truly have no idea what drunk really is, and support all actions by the state without question. They are the same fools that would argue gun control to be the answer to violent crime. The same fools that are against buying a fur coat or animal cruelty, yet while driving lack the presence of mind to avoid a beaver crossing the road because they were late for a hair appointment. The sound of mind and judgment have become vastly outnumbered by morons willing to surrender everyone's freedom for the false promise of state safety. The corrupt people at the top of the pyramid prey upon this delusion, and are more than happy to add or rewrite laws which would further support their agenda for usury.
George in response to horseman1st1 5/18/2016
    Thanks for your complimentary comments and support. You clearly see the same hypocrisy and corruption I see at the top of the government agency pyramid. They're all addicted to money and power up there. Truth, respect, and fair play for the little guy are just bothersome side issues.
Al B. 5/9/2016 Miami, FL
    I have just completed reading the book The DUI Extortion Racket by Mr. George Damusis. I was actually quite surprised at the detail, good arguments, and extensive examples that Mr. Damusis provided for a subject that many people, not having experienced it personally, regard as undoubtedly criminal. His presentation of the events that led to his DUI and dozens of illustrations later really makes one doubt the justice and fairness of the police action involved in these cases. He is most persuasive in convincing the reader about the injustice of equating the act of having a few drinks and driving to a reprehensible criminal act, equivalent to violent crime, whereas not criminalizing other forms of impaired driving (such as texting or using the cellphone) in an equal way. I find it convincing that police arrest quotas, anti drunk driving lobbying, questionable DUI testing and politically skewered "drunk-related" statistics distort the real truth and that such arrests and penalties damage the reputations of many decent citizens who did not do anyone any harm. This appears to be another excellent argument about the sensational over-criminalization of our citizens and the irrational treatment of the individuals by our police.
    I do however agree with the author and I also do not condone reckless, impaired driving which certainly deserves the attention and addressing by the police. But in no way does it give them the right to create registered criminals from law abiding citizens who drink lightly and behave well.
George in response to Al B. 5/19/2016
    Thanks Al. I very much appreciate your common sense comments. I only wish common sense like yours was more common.