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A driver's license suspension has become a one-size-fits-all punishment for a variety of offenses that have nothing to do with driving.

Teenager drinking"Even if there's no driving involved, that's a common license suspension," says Mikell, the former prosecutor.

He doesn't supports kids drinking and driving, of course. But this suspension affects teens caught with booze even when there is no car in sight. Teens can also be denied driving privileges for a prior incident of tobacco possession or truancy.

"There's a public policy reason that their license is suspended, not a public safety reason," says Gena, the defense lawyer.