For some reason that is totally beyond my ability to understand about some kinds of people, there are those among us who would rather rely completely on their own opinions and beliefs rather than clearly visible evidence and verifiable facts.
I keep a folder on my computer titled “Facebook Idiots” where I store screenshots of every conversation like this one just so there is no question later about the truth of what was said and by whom. That way, you see, I don’t have to redact their names on these blog posts for fear of getting sued for slander or liable, because all the evidence of the veracity of an article’s content is right in front of everyone for all to see. What I find even more unbelievable is how willing they are to launch ad hominem personal attacks upon people like myself for the information we freely present to the public when it is accompanied by all the relevant and verifiable sources and evidence showing exactly what we’re are talking about being clearly provided within that same information.
Here, for instance, we have just such an example of yet another individual that wants everyone to accept his opinion about just how stupid and dangerous I am because of the fact-based information I try to provide to the public. The problem, however, is that his opinion has no factual evidence supporting it. And even if it did, it would still almost certainly be 100% irrelevant and incorrect as factually pertaining to the specific information I am providing. This would be the case precisely because the laws and court cases within his own state or federal court district are either very different, or, if he IS in Texas, then what he claims to be true does not directly address the specifics of my information as it exists in the statutory law and court opinions within Texas, which is where the information I provided is sourced from and is 100% applicable to.
Now, I didn’t ever ask what state he is located in, but, based upon how he is making claims about the court cases saying something contrary to the currently controlling case on the subject of Texas “traffic stops” being at least some form of custodial arrest, Azeez v. State, 248 S.W.3d 182 (2008), it would certainly appear that he isn’t in Texas. However, that too could be incorrect simply because it is also very very possible that he is just an argumentative asshole that likes to start shit with total strangers while trying to show how smart he thinks he is. If the latter be the case, then fair warning to all those like him… if your plan is to attack me because you think you know more about this subject and, therefore, are assuming that you are smarter than me because of it, then it would be in your best interest to ensure that you actually ARE, on both counts. Because if you aren’t, then I’m going to make you famous, just like this.
The following is a series of screenshots taken from the Facebook conversation this fellow initiated by making a direct and baseless ad hominem attack upon me personally for something I had posted. Keep in mind that EVERYTHING in the post is very easily verifiable as I made no secrets about where it came from or why it was the subject of the post.
That said, this guy made absolutely no effort to verify ANYTHING in the post and clearly knows absolutely NOTHING about Texas law, or about my knowledge and understanding of it from my literally DECADES of research and study of this particular subject. In that aspect he is not alone, as there are many who would challenge my information as being untrue, but their “proof” always leaves something to be desired on a myriad of alternative and more specifically related information fronts. The only thing he actually does manage to prove in very short order is that he is a bigger fool than he gives himself credit for by attacking me out of the blue with absolutely nothing to back up his opinions.
You will also notice just how quickly he abandons the thread and stops responding once he is confronted with actual facts, and links to those facts, that absolutely prove his personal opinion and perceptions isn’t worth a spec of gnat shit on the open prairie in the face of reality and the law.
This is the original post text just as it appears on the Facebook post:
Something that all of you Texas people should know about “traffic stops” as they pertain to the ACTUAL law itself:
The law itself DOES NOT AUTHORIZE a warrantless detention or arrest for failure to have, produce, or display a license, proof of insurance, or registration, and it NEVER HAS.
THIS is the authorizing statute, and it is the ONLY ONE of its kind in the entire Transportation Code:
TITLE 7. VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
SUBTITLE C. RULES OF THE ROAD
CHAPTER 543. ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF VIOLATORS
SUBCHAPTER A. ARREST AND CHARGING PROCEDURES; NOTICES AND PROMISES TO APPEAR
Sec. 543.001. ARREST WITHOUT WARRANT AUTHORIZED. Any peace officer may arrest without warrant a person found committing a violation of THIS SUBTITLE.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
The statute authorizes a warrantless arrest ONLY in relation to offenses defined within Subtitle C of the Texas Transportation Code, which encompasses ONLY Chapters 541-600.
Everything that relates to COMMERCIAL/ DRIVER’S LICENSE is codified entirely within Chapters 521 and 522 of the Code, while registration is confined to Chapter 502, and “PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY” is in Chapters 601. NONE of these chapters are in Subtitle C, at all, period.
In other words, the vast majority of “offenses” that they perform a warrantless traffic stop for are NOT authorized by law to be done in such fashion. The stop itself is wholly illegal under the letter of the law, because the code limits the authority to ONLY those offenses within “this subtitle,” which IS subtitle C and Subtitle C ONLY, as you can plainly see.
That said, however, it does NOT mean that they won’t do it ANYWAY. So, YOU are the only one that will ever raise this issue and challenge the validity of the warrantless detention/arrest and false imprisonment that was perpetrated by the officer without any lawful authority once the case goes to court, because THEY certainly aren’t going to do it, not EVER.
To those of you in other states where “traffic” cases are prosecuted as CRIMES rather than civil infractions, I would start looking for a similarly worded statute in YOUR own state and see what limits it placed on the warrantless arrest authority of the officers in relation to “traffic stops.”
These are the screenshots of the “discussion” that followed:
It should also be noted that, right after I wrote this article, I placed a link to it on the same thread where it took place and tagged the individual in the comment so he would be sure to see it. He has since gone back and deleted every single one of his comments from the thread. Thus proving that there is nothing quite like having so much faith in the correctness of your position and statements to such an extreme degree that you would be willing to personally attack someone with them in the first place, and then, in the second place, backtrack and delete them out of shame like a whiny little bitch who was made to eat their words after your statements are challenged by factual rebuttal and then ground to dust before your very eyes as the unsubstantiated idiotic personal opinions they truly are.
So, all that leaves for me to say to all the other folks that want to be made famous like Mike, is this: