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. Robbing them of their liberty and money 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 and speeders then.

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?

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.

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?

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 is too oppressive, and does not fit the so-called crime of moderate social drinking before driving. That 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 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
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