18 Years And Little Relief

I, like many of you, was a scared kid and took a plea deal. Probation is just the delayed entry program for prison.2 years and 10 months into my probation of 3 years, I violate with a DUI. I was a stupid kid with a drinking problem. I'm not making excuses, but it is what it is. I took 13 months in state prison. I got out and went right to tech school. I graduated with a 3.7 gpa in information systems. I've been turned down for so many jobs because of the felony from 1995, that I've lost count. I've had a mostly successful career in spite of it. It just breaks my heart that I worked so hard to change and paid my price, yet we all still pay for it. It's like herpes, this never goes away. My only hope is for a pardon, but with the current governor, I can forget it. All I want to do is go to work and be able to take care of my family. People change. I'm living proof.
jimmy1972tpa jimmy1972tpa
41-45, M
2 Responses Aug 19, 2013

My boyfriend has a felony and he is definitely changed it happened 6 years ago. But do you think it will affect my life to? like no owning a gun and certain places you can't rent. Tell me the ins and outs of how you got around it?

Thank you for sharing i feel you know yourself better then most. I think the justice system is flawed and you should have recieved help as a young person not jail time, but that is not here or there. Thanks for not giving up faith and believing in yourself.