Correcting One of the Top Four Traffic Ticket MythsSubmitted by His American Majesty on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:30
I wanted to take a moment to respond to one point in an article featured on LewRockwell.com:
RE: "MYTH #2: Don’t sign the traffic ticket!"
I feel obligated to point out the obvious which is probably one of those little tiny details that go unnoticed by nearly all people except rare special flowers.
Let us establish a fact about signatures. When you voluntarily sign something it evidences title or capacity. Ok, let's pretend for a moment that doesn't mean anything or is information that can not be leveraged well in the current injustice system. When you voluntarily sign something it is evidence of an identity you are operating in. For stupid simple sake ... I shall state a voluntary signature evidences identity.
I do have a personal opinion about whether it is good or bad advice and my advice depends greatly on the circumstances. If you possess a driver license, have a license plate on your car, and handed an officer a license and registration there is probably no useful argument or benefit that can come from refusing to sign. If you are feeling lucky and desire to roll the defiant or rebellious dice just add "under duress" beneath your signature and your point is surely made.
On the other hand if you are exercising any natural and fundamental right to travel when the cop asked you for a government identification you probably told him your identity is none of his "business" or he would already know it. You might have already informed the officer a reason he or she doesn't know it already is because you aren't doing and have no intention of doing any "business" with them. :) Under those circumstances there may very well be a benefit refusing to voluntarily sign and evidencing any name, capacity, or title you are operating under or as. Let them prove it in accordance with rules of evidence since they have the burden of proof.
Whether any act refusing to sign which results in being kidnapped or having your possessions stolen pans out in the "just us" justice system remains unclear and in the best case scenario dependent on where it occurs and judges in those jurisdictions. Whether there is or is not any tangible benefit depending on the circumstances is a matter separate of the fact a voluntary signature evidences identity.
I also recommend checking out CopBlock.org because they have compiled some useful information about identification: