This part is very brief, thankfully. And, even more thankfully, it’s the conclusion.
After another round of calls, a case researcher called me back and re-re-re-asked me the same identity questions I had been asked several times. Then they asked me to fax over my driver’s license.
They confirmed that I didn’t even have the same skin color as the person they were looking for, and that was that. The case was filed for dismissal.
The problem? It took over a month, and I was nearly forced to retain a lawyer… days before a mandatory court date that I had been subpoenaed to attend, 6,000 miles away (round trip) from where I live.
I had to get up at 5 AM on countless occasions, to call in hourly, to a state answering machine, to get nowhere fast… over the course of weeks. Had I not been this proactive, I have no doubt that there would be a default judgement against me right now.
What I said in my last post still holds true. This problem is going to get worse. States are going to get more cash-strapped I’m afraid, and they’re going to send their computers out chasing “best matches” for the deadbeats in their state.
What is needed, is federal legislation that requires states to not simply rely on a computer witch-hunt for location their deadbeats, and then demanding they prove that they aren’t the actual match. It’s guilty until proven innocent, and it’s costing Americans their rights of due process.
If unchecked, this type of lessened scrutiny will eventually be used to justify things more invasive than a pat-down at an airport. You try hiring an attorney 3,000 miles away for less than a couple grand up front.