Comment: Very good question!

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Very good question!

You are correct that ignorance of the law is no excuse, but it all depends on jurisdiction.

Statutes is Law to those whom are contracted into that jurisdiction.

When youre dealing with 'government' remember that they always pull you into their jurisdiction because most of us contract with them, and in this case there is no excuse to not know the 'law'.

However, when one is of a foreign situs ignorance of the Law is the ONLY excuse you can use! So, in effect, a part of the reason that state law seems like a contradiction is because jurisdiction is not clearly defined between a living Man, and a foreign private corporate 'government' attempting to enforce its contracts upon the parties to them.

I reserve the right to govern myself.