Lubbock County Justice of the Peace Jim Hansen is one of the many Texas judges working to get this law abolished.RELATED:
"Because what a surcharge represents, it's double jeopardy and it's unconstitutional. You are being punished over and over and over again for the same one offense," Hansen said.
Surcharges are racked up based on convictions. Such as a DWI, or driving without valid insurance or a drivers license.
"This has created a whole new criminal class of citizens in Lubbock County," Hansen said. "I would estimate we've got about 15,000 people driving today with their drivers license suspended because of the surcharge program. And many, or most, of those don't even know that they're in this criminal class." ...
"Let me put it this way, I despise red light cameras, and I put surcharges in the same category. It's a money scam, in my opinion, even though it funds a worthy cause," Hansen said.
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