I was talking to a friend of mine who lives in Memphis the other day. I had totally forgotten that he had to go to jail for a DUI and then driving with a suspended license.
He's a divorced man with 2 kids who live with their mother. He gets access to the children every other weekend, and he pays a hefty sum to her for child support each month.
One day he went out with his brother to listen to a friend who is in a band. My friend had 2 or 3 beer, but that was enough to put him over the legal limit for alcohol. He was pulled over during a routine traffic check and he was found to be over the limit even though he didn't appear to be physically impaired.
He had to appear in court. This was his first offense. During the proceedings he was given a fine, a short jail sentence, and his license was suspended for one year, with the exception of absolute medical emergencies and being able to go to work. He altered his route to and from work so that he could pick his kids up for their weekend visits with him. During the weekends that he didn't have his kids he spent that weekend in jail, and did that until the jail time was served.
After the year was up he contacted his lawyer about his license but the guy wasn't returning his calls so after a month he just started to drive again. He didn't know that once your license was suspended that you had to go back to court to have it reinstated. He thought it was from day one of the suspension for 365 days and that was that and he figured that since his lawyer hadn't gotten back to him that it was ok to drive and nothing else needed to be done.
He got pulled over when a cop recognized his car and ran his plate and found out it was registered to a suspended driver. So once again he found himself in court. This time for driving with a suspended license.
Anyway, he was given a larger fine and sentenced to 2 or 3 months in jail, and he was suspended from driving for another year, and not given any driving privileges at all, not even for work or to pick up his kids or anything.
He was going to lose his job, and access to his kids because he wouldn't be able to pay his child support. He would have ended up homeless too because without a job he couldn't pay his rent and he would have been evicted.
The courts didn't care. He violated the law and he had to go to jail.
I worked with him through the whole thing and pushed him to seek alternatives to a 2 month jail sentence which would see him lose his job. I suggested the ankle bracelet monitor to him, I suggested "house arrest" and working from home (he's a computer tech and that might have been possible for him to do), I suggested serving his time on alternate weekends, or even forgoing seeing his kids and serving it ever weekend, or serving it Sunday to Thursday from 6pm to 6am with every other weekend staying in the jail, so that way he could still work and still have his kids on his visitation weekend.
Nope. The courts said he had to serve his jail time all at once.
Luckily his boss likes him and was very understanding. My friend used his vacation time for the year, and borrowed vacation time from the next year, and used up some of his sick time that he accumulated, and spent 3 months in jail.
It could have worked out very badly for him, and it almost did. The courts didn't seem to have any compassion for his situation. There was no "house arrest" or "special circumstances" for him. They didn't care if he lost his job, his kids and his home.
What did Paris have to lose? Nothing but 23 days. She has no life responsibility other than her ability to party, have sex and drink, taken away from her for 3 weeks.
I'm glad the bimbo is going back to jail. She deserves to do her full 45 days now, not just part of it. She needs a lesson in reality that life isn't a free ride, even if you do carry the last name "Hiltion".