Upon conviction of any person in any court within this state of any violation of (1) any law of this state pertaining to the operation of motor vehicles or (2) any city or village ordinance pertaining to the operation of a motor vehicle in such a manner as to endanger life, limb, or property... the judge ... may... order the revocation of the operator's license.”
You see how the offense must “endanger life, limb, or property?” Because of that, a case held that the statute inapplicable to the charge of speeding. so, I’m asking the court to reinstate my client’s driver’s license because, under the statute, its order was unlawful.
I hand the judge the case, hand the prosecutor a copy and, as they read it, I remark that it’s a 1976 decision but that the statutory language is the same. The judge, deep in thought (he’s an intelligent judge), says, jokingly of course and low so no one but the lawyers can hear him, “What were they smoking?”
I didn’t really think it through before I said it but responded, “Well, your honor, it was the 70’s.” Nobody laughed then either, except me later.