This Story from the NZ Herald tells of a 17 year old who had >$40,000 of fines wiped - because he has refused to pay up.
Hes been done for speeding and other driving offenses - including failing to display L-Plates - and refuses to pay because he 'hates the cops'.
Not only that, the Judge wiped his fines in favour of community service because he doesn't have an income but the kid has the gall to admitt he has money afterward - and that he chooses not to pay up.
I don't get it. If you're guilty, you do the time (or pay the fine) - the fines are meant to dissuade people from offending or reoffending, wheres the value if peoples obstinance can be used as a workaround?
The kid thinks the cops are picking on him. Yet if he were innocent, there'd be a genuine case for the courts to answer . Hes obviously doing something wrong...
He has a 'crew'... at the risk of playing on stereotypes, it sounds very much like him and his crew don't do anything to help themselves, if theyre drawing attention to themselves.
I feel strongly about this, if only because the kids attitude is terrible, and hes getting away with far too much. Courts should have the ability to impose stronger restrictions, somehow... (yet I know its not that simple).
[Edit 7 Dec - See comments for details]