Paris Hilton Goes to Jail – The Law & The Paris Petitions
Posted on May 6, 2007 in Celebrity Justice
Paris Hilton tells TMZ.COM that she feels she’s been treated unfairly, and there are reports that her attorneys are already in the process of appealling her 45-day jail sentence, issued on Friday. Meanwhile, Paris has fired her publicist and claims he told her it was okay to drive with suspended license for “work reasons.”
Well, in Louisiana, she’d be right if she’s applied for, and got, a “hardship license.” What would happen to you (or Paris) here, if you got caught driving with a suspended license?
First, in Louisiana (see DMV.ORG), your driver’s license can be suspended for any of the following – which covers a surprising variety of situations:
- Illegally changing information on your license.
- Using your license illegally.
- Including false information or leaving out information on your license.
- Violating a restriction on your license.
- Failing to comply with insurance/financial responsibility laws.
- Driving While Intoxicated.
- Refusing an alcohol analysis test.
- Obtaining three reckless driving convictions in 12 months.
- Ignoring a traffic ticket.
- Not stopping for a school bus that is either loading or unloading passengers.
- Leaving and not offering assistance at the scene of an accident in which you were involved.
- Committing negligent homicide or manslaughter with a motor vehicle.
- Committing any felony with a motor vehicle.
- Committing any act in any other state that would be grounds for license suspension in Louisiana.
- Driving while your license is suspended.
If your Louisiana license is suspended and you don’t get permission to drive with a special license, then you’re risking fines, jail time, and a longer suspension period.
For example, if you are caught driving drunk with a suspended license in Louisiana, then you face the following in our state: “The penalty for driving on a suspended license as a result of a DWI conviction is a misdemeanor with 7 days mandatory imprisonment if the violation was simultaneous with a 2nd or subsequent drunk driving offense conviction. For 2nd and subsequent offenses, the original suspension/revocation periods are extended for 1 year (mandatory except in situations where the use of an ignition interlock device has been authorized for a 1st or 2nd conviction). Ignition interlock hardship licenses are not available unless a preceding DWI drivers license suspension was the reason for the original suspension/revocation.”
For questions or comments about your driver’s license, contact BloomLegal.
To vote on the fairness of Paris Hilton’s sentence, check in at TMZ.COM. (At last check, over 94% were voting “fair.”)
To buy the song “Go Away Paris Hilton,” by Citizens for A Better America, or to get a free poster, Anti-Paris sticker (in pink), or sign the online petition, visit www.goawayparis.com.
To write Paris Hilton a letter of support, go to her MySpace page — there appears to be a petition available for signing there, as well.