I am facing 6 months jail, $1000's of dollars in fines, court costs, probation, etc...
I have so far shelled out $7000 in attorney fees. I will lose my license for 6 months. I am ineligilbe for a hardship license for 90 days, So I will probably lose my job and my house.
I have to go to DUI school
I have to go to Victim Impact Panel to hear people cry about their loses.
Probation for 12 months
vehicle impounded for 10 days upon conviction
If i go to trial, I am all but guaranteed 30 days in jail if i lose, up to 6 months
by pleading out, i should avoid jail, but that is not guaranteed. Judge does not have to accept terms of the plea.
personally I think that is harsh enough for a first time offense (not even taking into account I was not over the limit)
But I was not involved in an accident. Nobody was injured, and I certainly did not have 114 priors including 18 previous DUI's. His victims life was needlessly forfeited. I have a clean license for 10 years. I have a clean professional license (realtor) But a cop, who has since left the DUI task force after 1000 arrests, just went through the motions and only has one failed field sobriety test ON CAMERA.
Things are not always Black and white. Hopefullly after this injustice I will have good kharma going forward