The old saying “ignorance of the law is no excuse” is not just an old saying, but a very accurate statement.
law: the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.
Just because we are unaware of a particular law, does not mean we will be given a break with a ticket or a date with the courts. In fact, the police, prosecutor and judge care very little about what we don’t know when it comes to breaking a law and they have no obligation whatsoever to educate us on these laws. Sure we might get lucky if the officer has had an extra helping of doughnuts or we have the money to cover the high expenses of a lawyer, but we shouldn’t bank on it. It is our responsibility as citizens to know what the laws are in our town/city, state and country.
It is also very important to know the law so that we can identify when our rights are and are not being violated, whether the violation comes from an officer, an employer, or another person.
IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE! is a segment under our Law and Politics section. Join us for each segment as we will learn about and discuss many different laws. It is important to be aware of this vast system of rules that governs us, because it has such a great effect on our daily lives, our property and even sometimes our freedom.