A Rough Patch

Today is going to be one of those days where I just wish it was over with already. I got a DUI last week and I am finally going to sit down and deal with it. I have sort of been putting it off because I know it is going to be bad. My court date isn’t until the end of next month so I have some time to get my ducks in a row so to speak. What that means I don’t know yet but I plan on finding out today. I am still kicking myself for even getting charged with one in the first place. I was supposed to go out with my girlfriend Stacy instead but she got tied up at work and had to cancel our plans. I was just going to stay home and wait for her to get off but then my friend Rob texted me asking me if I wanted to go out. I should have said no and just stayed home but for some reason I went out. I wasn’t even drinking that much because I still planned on meeting up with Stacy when she got off work. I ended up hitting a sobriety checkpoint when I left and the rest as they say is history.

I guess the first thing I need to do is research DUI lawyers in Sarasota and retain the best one that I can afford. I have at least talked to a few people at work about my situation and they all told me I need to be represented in court. They said if I show up and represent myself the judge will definitely throw the book at me. This one guy Mark I work with told me a few years ago he got charged with one and his attorney was able to get his reduced to reckless driving.  I doubt that will happen in my case since I got pulled over at a sobriety checkpoint but we’ll see. It at least gave me some hope and I really need some of that right now. I am just imagining losing my license for however long and not being able to drive anywhere. I know I am not going to jail or anything like that but there are also the court fines and fees and maybe counseling. I also heard I might have to do community service hours which wouldn’t be good.

So, that happened.