2nd Time AroundI 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 made it to McDonald's before I got pulled over and cited for Aggravated DUI because my license was suspended. I had paid all my fines earlier this year and thought I was o.k but wasn't. My vehicle was impounded and I spent the night in a holding tank. I have the next 20 days until my court date to worry about my future and since I live in AZ I'm expecting the worst.
Well it will be 2 months this week since I was pulled over for my second DUI and still nothing has happened. My court date was cancelled and now I'm just at the mercy of the court as to when I will be sentenced. At first I was living on pins and needles waiting to hear something every day. Now I'm still anxious but I'm getting accustomed to a new way of life which is good. I can't drive so I've learned to take the bus or bum rides from friends. And I haven't been drinking. I've still gone out a couple times and it's actually more entertaining to watch other people be silly and just hang out with friends instead of being the obnoxious drunk one for once. I wish I would be sentenced soon so that I can start the trek of putting this all behind me but I'm doing much better already.
Wow it has been a L O N G 2 years since I first wrote this story but I am so happy to share that I have survived!!! In the end I was sentenced to 6 months in jail which I completed this year, close to $10,000 in fines, countless classes, counseling and a year with an interlock device. The jail time was obviously the hardest and really makes you think of what you've done to get there and it amazed me to see who stood by my side the whole time. I am very lucky to have the family I have and the support I received just stunned me and I am so very appreciative of it. I can take as long as I need to pay the fine and only have a couple of classes still to take so for the most part it is almost behind me and I can finally BREATHE. This was not worth all the trouble I put myself and everyone around me in. When you get a dui you're not just getting it but anyone close to you is affected too and it's a very selfish act I will always regret. I now take cabs anytime I think I'll even have 1 drink and I try to encourage my friends to do the same. Not everyone listens but if I can save just one person from going through what I did that's enough. I'm so ready for this year to be over and I can have a fresh start next year!