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I Have a Dui

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    Rebuilding

    I used to be one of those people who thought DUI offenders were terrible criminals who deserve what they got...until I recieved my first DUI. I'm a 21-year-old female college student who has been surrounded by kegs, frat parties, and binge drinking, it had become a major part of...
    lilyflower11 lilyflower11 18-21 4 Responses Dec 11, 2012

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    I'm a 36 year old guy

    and I just got my first and hopefully last DUI last night. I had been hanging out with some friends at a local sports bar and probably had 3 or 4 drinks in the two hours I was there. I made the not so wise decision to drive home. I was on the highway heading home when I saw the...
    bluefireball4949 bluefireball4949 36-40, M 3 Responses Oct 12

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    Hopeless And Feeling Alone

    I'm not even sure why I'm writing this on here... I guess I just need to get it out and am hoping that this will make me feel a little better. A month ago I was arrested for a DUI, careless driving, and failure to report an accident. I blew a very high BAC. I'm 34 years old and...
    Lifesjourney1 Lifesjourney1 36-40, F 11 Responses Jul 29, 2013

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    DUI: My Disillusioned Existentialism

    In light of what I now know, this is going to be a very long, overdrawn but informative rant that I've been keeping locked up inside My head for a very long time.In spite of what you might think DUI is actually becoming a common problem these days. Reportedly over 1.5 million...
    TheDevilsAdvocate TheDevilsAdvocate 31-35, F 55 Responses Jul 13, 2011

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    DUI: Thoughts On Victimless Crime

    Drunk driving & causing harm or damage is one thing, BUT criminalizing people who have been arrested for a victimless offense based on "what if" is an outrage. Laws are made for the lowest common denominator. That's why they are ridiculous and absurd … Everyone is different...
    TheDevilsAdvocate TheDevilsAdvocate 31-35, F 18 Responses Sep 7, 2011

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    I am new to this group.

    I have been searching for some way to cope with the aftermath of getting a DUI in July. I feel so alone, ashamed, embarrassed, depressed, and anxiety-filled. The only person who knows about this is my husband. I can't talk to anyone about this...I don't want anyone to know! I...
    gonegirl7575 gonegirl7575 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 26

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    I am 21, and I got a DUI 3 months ago.

    It is a scary, lonely, depressing process. I would like to finally share my story. I had just moved up to Vancouver, Washington. I liked to drink, especially after my dad died about a year prior, even though he had gotten a DUI when I was a kid, I never took it seriously, I...
    bbrandon92 bbrandon92 18-21, M 4 Responses Jul 13

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    I am 20 years old. Four nights ago,

    I made the biggest mistake of my life, and I can't even remember it happening. I went to a party with the intention of spending the night. Drinks were flowing and everyone was having a good time. Then there's a complete blank, and the next thing I remember I'm being asked to...
    lostnalone93 lostnalone93 18-21, F 6 Responses Apr 15

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    I think one of the worst things

    now is the "public shaming" aspect of having your name published in the local paper. What is the point? It is a small town and I have a small business. I am ashamed enough and never plan on doing it again. While with the ARD program I can get my record expunged AND even with...
    Rosa32 Rosa32 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 21

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    This is an update from my previous experience

    with this matter. Here's what has happened. I had my meetings with my attorney before my arraignment hearing and what was supposed to be my trial. With having meetings with the prosecuting attorney in my case, we came up with a plea bargain that suited both sides. I had to plea...
    bluefireball4949 bluefireball4949 36-40, M 1 Response Oct 30

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    I was driving from my friend's house

    after many glasses of wine. We'd both had a rough week, and the wine was flowing constantly. I've driven plenty of times after drinking, and I was always careful. This night I forgot big-time. I was driving along and I veered over the yellow line and almost hit a cop car! Plus I...
    bunny5559 bunny5559 51-55, F 4 Responses Jun 23

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    Well I got a dui a few months ago

    and I am outraged by the laws and negative outlook upon people with this charge. I was coming home after watching a hockey game with some friends and I only had 2 beers. I got pulled over at 1am on a toll road (75mph no one on the road besides me) going about 15-20 over the...
    nowimpoor nowimpoor 18-21, M Oct 14

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    I previously posted about my dui experience

    from july 2k12. Long story short, I recieved a dui charge for sleeping drunk in a vehicle with the ac running (southern state summers are really hot). I was tested, jailed, the whole 9 yards. I hired a lawyer and began the appeasment game for the court. Did the dui class...
    denverbound denverbound 26-30 2 Responses Mar 24

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    I have observed this site

    for quite a while, but never told my story. I have had a little too much to drink before and drove - so I'm not fighting that there should be consequences and help for those that have done this. I was 37 when this happened, unhappily married with 2 children under 10 and living...
    stupidmistake2012 stupidmistake2012 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 6

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    Ashamed And Frustrated After My First DUI.

    Nine months ago in April my life seemed to be falling perfectly into place; the love of my life proposed, I was promoted to Program Director at my dream job and I had recently been admitted to a Master’s in Social Work program. So much happiness seemed surreal. All my hard work...
    rosieday rosieday 26-30, F 16 Responses Feb 3, 2013

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    Dui - Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is A Freight Train

    The lights at the end of the tunnel..I keep catching glimpses but it's only a mirage...You really can't afford it.   5 years ago I moved into a new town a couple hundred miles from my old one. I went out to explore the area and ended up meeting a beautiful girl at a bar...
    dosDUI dosDUI 41-45 9 Responses Aug 25, 2011

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    Reflecting And Trying To Move On

    I was arrested for DUI in Los Angeles over 4th of July weekend. I was on a date. I had driven to his house and he had driven from there. We went out to dinner. I had two glasses of wine and two cocktails between 7pm and 1 am. My date had much more. When we got back to his house...
    DaizyAmazy DaizyAmazy 31-35 5 Responses Nov 13, 2013

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    The Misfortune Of Irresponsibility

    It sucks to end up with a DUI, mostly because of court and losing your license and having to deal with motherf*cking cops. I was out for Valentine's day with my boyfriend of a month. He was driving that night but was drinking as well, which should have been the first red flag...
    llthesunshinekidll llthesunshinekidll 22-25, F 9 Responses Aug 8, 2010

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    Six months ago I got my 2nd dui.

    I was devastated that I was so stupid. My 1st dui was 5 years ago. I am an adult they both were a result from my poor decisions. I haven't drank in 6 months. Not because of the court order but because I promised my daughter and I want to be a better example. I am disappointed in...
    Mikedui Mikedui 56-60, M 3 Responses Jun 2

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    I got my DUI 5 weeks ago.

    It was extremely difficult the first few days, I was so sad. Through time I grew to accept my actions and I felt better; although, sometimes I still get sad. To anyone who is going through this, you really will feel a lot better in time. Well anyway, I’m a 21-year-old student...
    none158 none158 22-25 2 Responses Mar 7

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    First, Second , Third And More DWI/DUI

    I woke up in jail with my 2nd DWI and went into shock. How could this have happened again. My husband was at home dying of cancer and I was self medicating as usual. I had to get out of the situation for just a bit and decided to meet some friends at the local bar. Long story...
    Suesue1212 Suesue1212 56-60, F Jun 10, 2013

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    Changing My Life Around

    Hi everyone, I wanted to share my dui story with you all. On August 17, 2012 I was pulled over and arrested for a dui in Virginia. I am 28 and only have parking tickets on my record. Like a lot of people I felt like the worst human being alive and wanted life to end for me. I...
    gettingthroughtit gettingthroughtit 26-30, F 7 Responses Nov 10, 2012

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    Thank God I Didn't Kill Anyone.

    I got my first and last DUI. I have to say it's short of a miracle this is my first one. I've made habit out of drinking and driving since I was probably seventeen or eighteen. I'm now forty three. I can't even begin to count the number of times I drove wasted and thought it was...
    Southside1212 Southside1212 41-45, M 7 Responses Sep 13, 2013

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    I Have A DUI

    Let me start by saying "do the world a real favor and go kill yourself" you MADD bastards. I am done with your hating, illogical, misdirected, and irrational bull ****. I know plenty of people who died, and are mangled from car wrecks too. Myself included. It's too bad. What...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 27, 2013

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    I am flipping through here this morning

    and reading about various people who have had one of two DUI's. I must say that as hard as it is to deal with a criminal charge, period..there is always a story worse then yours, and at the same time a story where people DO climb back out of their rut and make it back to "good...
    jillvill jillvill 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 24, 2013

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    My Daughter's Second Dui

    Just read DevilsAdvocate's post and agree completely. Well said! This is heartbreaking for me as a mother but as a citizen I also realize the social response to this issue. Well, some of it. Isn't is a bit hypocritical for so many (me included) who have gotten away with...
    applebrat applebrat 51-55, F 4 Responses Jun 18, 2012

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    I Was Convicted Of A 3rd Dui And I'm Getting Through It, But Don't Be Me

    Hello everyone my name is Kyle, lets start from the beginning. When i was 22 i was arrested for my first dui in may of 2008, funny enough i got it in my front yard. This was just the beginning of a big downward spiral for me. I did great after my first i had my head on my...
    KBMAN24 KBMAN24 26-30, M 73 Responses Jul 23, 2011

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    I Am Dealing With A 4th Dui Felony Charge.

    Can normal life go on after this?  As I explain my experience, I speak those words out loud.  I've read many of the stories on here and I feel for all that had to go through this pain of 1st, 2nd, 3rd offenders.  The choices we've made and the consequences that we continue to...
    Cherrywaves Cherrywaves 31-35 7 Responses Aug 28, 2011

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    Well. .I'm at the tail end of Aggravated DUI -

    3rd offense case in Illinois. It's been a long haul. My first DUI was 18 years ago.. 2nd was 14 years ago.. With some other disorderly conduct arrests in between. This time they upgraded it to a felony. I have been sober for over 1 year, when to impatient treatment...
    chicagocloud chicagocloud 41-45, M 4 Responses Apr 7

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    Just finished up all my court requirements,

    if anyone's in this situation and needs someone to talk to, feel free, it's a lonely time and I know I would've felt better talking to someone in a similar situation.
    Mistake9 Mistake9 26-30, M 5 Responses May 14

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    Angry Dui Ranting.... Burn The Witch! Burn The Witch!

    I got a DUI the first of Nov this year in Colorado. My court date is 12/12. I am not going to hire a lawyer as everyone gets the standard plea bargain for the first offence. I have already enrolled in alcohol classes in an effort to get them done while I still have my license...
    susan12333 susan12333 41-45, F 12 Responses Nov 21, 2011

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    2nd Time Around

    I am turning 31 next month and this past weekend I received my second DUI in 7 years.  I went out with a friend to our neighborhood bar that I loved so much and we proceeded to get pretty drunk.  Then before I headed home I thought I would get some food first.  Well I never...
    liona19 liona19 31-35, F 16 Responses Jul 20, 2010

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    My 1st Dui Hell

    Hi, I want to share my story; 3 weeks ago on a sunday, after spending all day at home and bored I decided to go out for a bit to the bars. I live in an area in Florida with a big ***** full of bars. I left my house at 7pm and went to a bar, had two marguaritas. I then went to...
    mylifelesson mylifelesson 46-50, M 3 Responses Oct 7, 2013

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    Hello, I am writing to explain the difficulties

    that I have been through as a social worker and the jobs in which I have been denied. I work for a non profit agency making 12.50 an hour after two years with a BSW. I have made strides in relieving a poor youth transition program. I have applied for numerous social work jobs in...
    JonStanley23 JonStanley23 31-35, M 6 Responses Feb 25

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    Well first off I'm really happy I came here

    for support. I was arrested in early March for my D.U.I. I was just at a friend's party (literally just a bunch of girls sitting around and watching an awards show!). I don't even remember drinking as much as I did, but all I kind of remember is the police coming to my house and...
    leelou415 leelou415 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 4

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    I am a 27 year old female

    who had my first negative experience with drinking under the influence. A week ago I went out to a friends home for a Christmas party. I had it in my head that night that I wasn't going to drink because I knew I wanted to go home and sleep in my bed. Everyone was drinking and...
    Stillpositive0908 Stillpositive0908 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    We were out celebrating a friends birthday at a

    club in Tempe, AZ. My 20th birthday is only a couple days away so we were celebrating mine as well. I had a couple drinks and we were all going a mile down the road to sleep at another friends house so we weren't driving on the highway. I had a lapse of judgement and decided I...
    TMFRA321 TMFRA321 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 18

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    I am an 18 year old girl

    that got her first offense DUI last week in Gilbert Arizona. I am scared and super worried bc the DUI is for drugs not alcohol. I am terrified of what the court is going to rule. And my parents are not being helpful in any way. If anyone has any advice for me that would be much...
    lina2315 lina2315 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 7

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    I am 23, a senior in college in Ohio.

    I got out of work and had a few drinks with some friends at a local bar. I got pulled over for an license plate light that was out and since it's St. Patty's day weekend you know they dragged me out of the car immediately. I did a field sobriety test which I failed but I felt...
    babybear210 babybear210 31-35, M 2 Responses Mar 17

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    Hi, I use to live in Chgo Hts IL I got my 1st

    dui in 84 I quit drinking for about a yr then went back some. in 91 I got my CDL & went to driving in the city & OTR, well in 92 I got my 2nd dui & lost everything. I spent 6 months in cook county jail & got out & went too AA for a yr but they said I would have to go longer but...
    Footlover1957 Footlover1957 56-60, M May 23

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    I am so grateful I have found this site.

    I was arrested for DUI 3 weeks ago. I will lose my license next week for 4 months. I have no family nearby. I do not have many friends. I live alone and lost many friends due to my divorce last year. My world has become increasingly lonely over the past few years. Now I...
    vixi2121 vixi2121 41-45, F 6 Responses May 30

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    The Meaning Of Life: My 3rd Dui Experience

    It took 3 DUI's  for me to start contemplating my purpose; the meaning of life. Tonight seems like an appropriate night to share my experiences with DUI's. My drinking career kicked off my senior year in high school, and I never looked back. College was when my alcoholism really...
    skywalker7 skywalker7 26-30, M 24 Responses Dec 7, 2011

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    There is life after a dui.

    .. I know if anyone is reading this they felt like I did only four short months ago. Scared, ashamed, humiliated, full of regret and depression, wishing at times to go to sleep and pray you never wake up. I have felt all of those.... It DOES truly get better. I got fined more...
    maybesomethingbetter maybesomethingbetter 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 9

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    I am currently going through the process of my

    2nd DUI in KY within a year. I thank GOD, no one was hurt and no accidents occurred. I completely own the fact that it was my own stupidity that put me in this position, and have been working through the consequences of such a selfish mistake, the suspended license (12-18...
    c2deer c2deer 31-35, M 2 Responses Jun 26

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    I am 21 and I recently got my first (and last)

    DUI. This has been the most embarrassing, financially devastating, pain in the *** thing I've ever been through. Luckily, no one else was hurt. I totaled my car and got a concussion. So I won't face jail time. However the state of VT, like many others, has no tolerance for...
    WrittenxSymphony WrittenxSymphony 18-21, T 2 Responses Sep 1

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    The Confession of a Drunk Driver In all my

    life I never thought that I would be that guy. I never thought that I would be one walking in a straight line at 3 a.m. I never thought this would happen to me. I mean I don't drink often, or typically much. I'll hit up a concert and have a few beers once a month or so...
    timmybee timmybee 31-35, M 3 Responses Sep 6

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    The Biggest Mistake Of My Life

    it happened about three weeks ago. we were celebrating a friend's birthday party, we celebrated like we were back in undergrad again. we've been drinking the whole day. since we celebrated during the day, i felt like i was okay to drive later that night. however, i knew i should...
    stillbroken46 stillbroken46 22-25 8 Responses Oct 6, 2011

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    I am 32 years old and I recently got my first

    DUI. In general, I've been a good girl all my life, I've never been arrested before and never even had a detention or a suspension in school. I am embarrassed, ashamed and nervous (for reasons I will go into soon). I had had a bad day and had gone out in the small suburban...
    Rosa32 Rosa32 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 14

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    I am writing in the hopes

    that anyone reading this will not feel as alone. On tuesday 6/24/2014 I was arrested for an extreme DUI and a collision. I stayed up nearly the whole night before finishing my philosophy class final, I had one more day of finals and was so excited that I completed what nearly...
    RiseAbove222 RiseAbove222 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 28

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    I read multiple experiences here

    and thought about sharing mine too. I have an interstate DWI, my first . I was traveling on business when I got pulled over, blew 0.12 and was in jail for few hours. Sucks big time. My lawyer said I have a fighting chance but I'd have to appear each time in court, which means...
    jaefill jaefill 31-35, M Aug 28

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    Reached the end, had the interlock removed

    and full driving privileges restored. It feels absolutely great to be back, to drive anywhere I want. Luckily I didn't hurt anybody, and it taught me a lesson I'll carry with me the rest of my life. For those going through this, reach out if you have any questions on what to...
    Mistake9 Mistake9 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 29

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