First time I ever used a gun in a crime my firearms license was seized by some salty cops, we provided RP as well. Literal first time ever using a gun in a crime & I'm out 20k + 12 hrs + 30k to rebuy + 40k to rebuy again if it gets seized again. The price of 10 firearms licenses went from 200k -> 650k. The 11th one will cost 120k. That's assuming it goes up by 10k everytime which I was told it does. Insane. So 30 mins jailtime + like 20k rest + 20k fine +30k to rebuy if I do I'm out 70k + 30 mins. If I paid the fines I'd still get hella jailtime because felonys and be out nearly 100k. I should add there was no debate. The cop came to me and said he's taking my license, that's that. Now here's my charges. I asked about a lawyer he said no. Apparently high ranking cops can fuck you over without the need of a lawyer because fuck it why not.
I understand the cops perspective on things. I've seen cop streams, it can sometimes feel like they're running into bad rpers & griefers & powergamers nonstop. But something they need to understand is that they're specifically only interacting with people commiting crimes. That means they're more likely to run into those people right off the bat. Now combine that with some other factors I've noticed - As a cop you'll probably only remember the really good rpers & the really bad rpers. Everyone else you'll enjoy but not really remember. Ontop of that when theres only like 3 cops online during the mid-day / early morning hours, which is when I usually play, anytime a criminal is doing some ratchet shit like shooting cops or taking hostages the entire police force will probably be brought down to that call. Someone cooperating with police or just otherwise having a good time will likely not do so. Which means that cops are more prone to seeing every terrible shitshow, but very few of the wonderful performances. I really do think this taints their image of criminals.
The same is true in reverse. I've had only one bad experience with cops (the licence revocation) and several good. That bad experience though was really annoying. So It's burned into my memory moreso than any of the good experiences. This can create a bad feedback loop where a cop mistreats a criminal or a criminal mistreats a cop, and so they don't get along the next time they interact, which causes them to mistreat eachother -- you see where this is going. Typically though cops can harm criminals more than criminals can harm cops.
Also I've felony evaded like 3 times and on the second time they were ready to seize my driver's license but a lawyer got me out of that.
You're not going to convince cops to not fuck you over with fines nor are you going to change the way the server operates. The change to firearms & driver's revocations was 3.11 so they're going in the opposite direction you want them to go. To me it seems they want to discourage gang RP and infact discourage crime altogether with changes like this.
I don't really care about being max fined at this point I've just accepted it the cops rarely give you breaks except on speeding tickets & shit. You commit a felony they just read from their list of crimes & their fines verbatim. It doesn't really bother me, either, I make plenty of money to compensate. But man license revocations are just plain stupid. Every cop I talk to acts as if it's there to punish rule breakers & hardcore non-rpers & the like. But they're removing them left & right from what I can tell. And the punishment for it is severe as fuck. I'm not bothering with it anymore I'm just buying a knife. I hope I stab a cop and he says he's going to take away my firearms license only to realize he can't. From an RP standpoint it would make sense to take a criminals right to firearms if he misues the right, but from a gameplay standpoint it just feels extremely punishing and not fun.
Also I'll say this - If "everyone" is doing scuba diving then clearly "everyone" enjoys grinding money. If a large majority of players on the server enjoy doing one thing I don't really see why it should be discouraged/punished. For me personally I RP when I want to and I farm money when I want to. I enjoy the economy & grinding aspect. I paid some guy 100k to become an "investor" in his bank and that was straight RP with a money loss, and it was fun but like damn I'm not going to do that everyday nor could I afford that shit.