I spent yesterday afternoon taking off work to go to court in regard to the auto accident I was involved in during late December. My goal was to decrease the $150 fine for failure to yield at a left hand turn light and to possibly remove it from my police record so my insurance premium rate wouldn’t increase. All by showing the judge a piece of paper. A piece of paper from the body shop stating my vehicle was hit on the right hand side by an oncoming vehicle.
No such luck.
In fact, I should have would have could have just paid the stinkin’ ticket in the first place.
I mean I’ve seen my share of Law And Order episodes, but I’ve never been inside an actual courtroom personally. I thought that was a good thing. 🙂 But, it turned out leaving me feeling very intimidated. A fish out of water so to speak.The prosecutor came bustling in and called me aside and asked me what I intended for today. I’m never short of words, but I stood there speechless. “Ummm. Not pay the fine?” How would I know? I’ve never done this before! How about you tell me! I asked her how all this works, and I have to tell you, she was less than helpful. Pay the fine or go to trial. Which I later found meant another day off work, court costs of $95, and fines up to $500. I chose the lesser of the two. Option A. Pay the stupid fine, and go home with my tail between my legs. Where was Perry Mason when I needed him? I would have even settled for Judge Judy.
The police record I had received from my insurance adjuster well after the accident stated my vehicle struck the other vehicle. That was false. The other driver struck me! It was the principle of the matter I’d come to defend. But, I found principle doesn’t matter. What matters is what those with the power (or the money) in the courtroom or in the streets choose to say, regardless of whether it is true or they were present or not. Our legal system is not what it used to be. It’s often corrupt. It’s not built to protect the good guy anymore, but the squeaky wheel. No wonder no truly decent upstanding politically minded citizen wants to be President.
Oops! Did I just say that? 😦
I encourage each of you to keep fighting the good fight. Keep standing up for those things you believe are right. Keep choosing good over evil. Right over wrong. You may win some, and you may lose some. No one said life is always fair. But you will always win if you choose Jesus. That battle has already been won in the highest court of them all!
Fight the good fight for the Christian faith. Take hold of everlasting life to which you were called and about which you made a good testimony in front of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:12
Love and laughter,