This book investigates and exposes the other side of the DUI arrest story, which is all about generating revenue.
Giving common, decent citizens criminal records and holding them hostage for a year is not meant to reform them, but to legally extort them. It's a case of policing for profit, pure and simple.
Nobody is 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?
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 his DUI arrest and that of most social drinking drivers as nothing more than a "gotcha" game based on a police department quota system.
Mr. Damusis argues that using a quota sytem to incentivize more DUI arrests is an evil practice designed, not to protect and serve, but to legally rob America's common, fundamentally decent citizens of their money and 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.
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?
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. 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 kidnapping for ransom; a shakedown for money; a tyranny perpetrated against imperfect humanity. It's the crime of extortion, pure and simple.
The thesis and main message of this book can be summed up this way: The punishment for most DUI offenses does not fit the "crime". The punishment is far too oppressive for the so-called crime of moderate social drinking before driving. It, in fact, makes the punishment itself the 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 unethical and 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 appropriate, moral, and humane.
Author's Book Reading Recommendation: This is the 2nd edition of my original 350 page printed book, which I shortened significantly. It is now more concise and easier to read at only 200 pages, and has 18 chapters instead of 25. The best way to read this book is, of course, to read it from beginning to end. But since each chapter is presented as an essay, or a stand alone short story, the chapters can be read out of sequence, as each chapter supports this book's main thesis and message. I also present a YouTube recording of myself on this web page, where I describe this book and its message, and I invite you to leave any comments you'd like at the email address provided below.
|Table of Contents|
Chapter 1 - Policing for Profit
Chapter 2 - Kidnapped for Ransom
Chapter 3 - No Prison for Old Men
Chapter 4 - Libeled, Extorted, and Enslaved
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 Being Imperfect
Chapter 10 - Probation for Decent Citizens
Chapter 11 - Has MADD Gone Mad?
Chapter 12 - More Dangerous Than a Drunk Driver
Chapter 13 - Making Criminals for a Living
Chapter 14 - The Traffic Ticket Racket
Chapter 15 - Good Cops, Bad Cops, Criminal Cops
Chapter 16 - Keeping Police Honest
Chapter 17 - Facts They Don't Want You to Know
Chapter 18 - The Voices of Reason
|YouTube Video and Email Information|
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|The comments below are from people who have either read my book, watched my YouTube video, or have had an actual DUI arrest experience.|
Glen L. -- 12/2/2020
Well, I got my 1st DUI back in June. I was searching the internet for "DUI money making scheme" and stumbled on your website dui-extortion.com. I have not read your book as of yet, but the summary was spot on. I had 3 beers, blew a .09. I had a hip replacement, so walking the 'walk' was about impossible. Long story short, now I am on probation and paid out over $1200 just for court costs fines, an additional $400 to a charity and mandatory 'counseling' at $100 a session. Highway robbery? Hell yes. All these 'state' sponsored programs, every one who goes in the door is a raging alcoholic. I am a social drinker and had only 3 beers after working over 70 hours in 4 days. When I took the 'evaluation' for the DUI level 1 class here in Florida, the woman who did the eval labeled me as a 'problem' drinker. Man, I am so effin pissed off!! We live in a terrible society of BS laws. I do agree with you, I do not condone driving stumbling ass drunk at all. I have lost a friend to one of those types. But the people who social drink and pulled over for a BS reason, really?? I was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. The stop sign is 10 feet back from the road. On both sides where the big white line is, there's bushes, hedges and signs. No one can see unless you pull out to the road and look left and right. Well, the tyrant revenue cop used that for an excuse to pull me over. So, now I have installed both a front and rear cam in my vehicle, and every chance I get I will confront cops who violate the same laws they pull you and I over for. And get in their face asking why they did such n such (run stop sign for example) and ask them why they did it, and tell them they'd ticket me for doing that. My vent!
My response -- Thank you for your email. I believe drivers like you and me represent what's evil about our oppressors in the DUI enforcement world. They gladly stop us for innocuous traffic violations just to arrest us for DUI, and in so doing they are committing highway robbery. All of which they deny by saying that they are only protecting the public from criminals like you and me. Talk about blatant hypocrisy. Most of the cops I know or have known were social drinkers at least, who told me they did not want to arrest anyone for DUI unless they were very drunk and dangerous. Unfortunately for you and me, we experienced our arrests by cops who only cared about the extra overtime pay and kudos they would get from their superiors for their DUI arrests. So I hope you quickly get past the extortion and indignities you will be forced to endure.
SharonandMark P. -- 2019 comment on my YouTube Video.
OMG...my story is the exact same thing...auto lights didn't turn on and just as I realized it and turned them on, he pulled behind me and stopped me! I am experiencing this for the first time at 49 years old...I can't believe all of the hoops they want you to jump through and the money they extort from you.
My response -- And the sad thing is, they get away with enslaving us because their political power is so much greater than ours. If only our law makers were scrupulously honest, then maybe they could save us from DUI law enforcement's brand of human rights abuse. We need highly moral law makers to create laws that actually protect us from the abuse, excessive punishment, extortion, and criminal records currently being perpetrated on us by our DUI law enforcement system. Unfortunately, high morals are in such short supply at the top of the political food chain that we'll probably need our Supreme Court to get involved and try to make DUI enforcement just and fair.
Randall A. -- 2018 comment on my YouTube video
Thank you sir for exposing the racket of dui.
My response -- And thank you as well for recognizing a racket when you see one.
Unlawful DUI -- 2018 comment on my YouTube video
To expand on one of your points in this video, we can never expose enough how a so called "law enforcement officer's" discretion violates a citizen's constitutional rights. That right there is a crime! Doing so would commonly not be tolerated in the legal system for a felony crime, yet for dui officers, it is encouraged and excused. The scam is to deceive you either into consenting or refusing to comply. First they have a casual talk with you to get you to admit you drank something and bam! That's their probable cause for dui. Make no mistake, it's all about revenue and income to their system. This video will explain more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAmQCTuYhRo
My response -- Thank you for your comment and link to a video from your "Unlawful DUI" site. Your site provides many videos of raw, undoctored law enforcement footage that prove how contrived and criminal many DUI arrests are. They expose how the DUI system makes criminals out of common citizens, and extorts them just to enrich itself. Anyone who has had a DUI, or is fearful of getting one, should watch these videos to understand who it is they are dealing with.
Greg A. -- 2018 comment on my YouTube video
Wonder what MADD would think about this, slowly destroying more and more good people every decade. They have become far more neo-Prohibitionist then anti drunk driving. Even the founder has said so and she is the mother of a child who passed in drunk driving crash! This should have millions more views. Thank you for your courage for writing this book.
My response -- Thanks a million Greg.
Al B. -- 5/19/2016
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.
My response -- Thanks Al. I very much appreciate your common sense comments. I only wish common sense like yours was more common.
horseman1st1 -- 2015 comment on my YouTube video
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.
My response -- 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.
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 I 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 politely 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 days, so 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 K. 8/1/2015 Pittsburgh, PA
After a sympathetic reply from George, Melinda sent this second email -- 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, and 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.
My response -- 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.