Friday, August 27, 2010

Remember When I Was Arrested?

Back in May I, the day before the last day of school, I bumped another car. There was no damage and we exchanged all our info and I left. The lady decided to call the police on me and the officer was a jerk. He claimed he was going to file charges against me for leaving the scene of an accident and obstruction of something or other. I informed him that I knew he couldn't do that and wanted to know what the problem was. I gave him my information including dln and insurance. He came back to the phone and told me to drive back to the scene, blah, blah, blah.

I knew something was up. I began to panic. I agreed to meet him at my house since I had some kids home from school already and couldn't leave. Long story short, my dl was suspended because I had chosen to pay the fine through the mail instead of making the almost 2 hour drive to pay in person. They didn't receive it and filed a bench warrant when I didn't show up for court. Oh, goody. The officer was a jerk about it and kept making threats and even high fived a fellow officer when he brought me into the station.

The deputy that signed me in realized right away that I was out of my element and took pity on me. She kept me up front and processed me quickly. I should have been out in about an hour but they lost several prisoners and had a lock down. More fun. In the end, I was charged with driving on a suspended license.

Fast forward to yesterday. I went to court because paying a fine wasn't an option. I was there on time and seated while the nastiest man I have ever seen in a suit called out all the names. He skipped mine. I waited until he was done and raised my hand. He hissed at me that I must have been late. I remained calm and told him no I was skipped. That was all it took. I was on this guys shit list. He growled at me several times. I'm not exaggerating, he growled. He later yelled at me in front of everyone and told ME to stop yelling at him. I had not and several other people were quick to be sure I knew they felt he was being mean to me. No one stood up to him, of course. He put my file at the bottom of the stack. I saw him do it and another lady looked right at me to see if I saw him.

There was nothing I could do. I waited on a hard bench for 3 1/2 hours with a fever. I was polite until the Judge called a recess and said the last few of us would have to come back after 1:30. Considering I have so many kids getting off the bus to a locked house at 2:45, I was upset. I approached another solicitor and begged her to help me. I told her I would have to leave because I can't leave my children unsupervised and outside. The other guy heard me and yelled at me again that he would send an officer out to arrest me, if I left. I lady looked at me and pointed for me to sit down, and hold on. He was treating me like I murdered a few kids for fun. She took pity on me and was able to have it continued. I signed a sheet saying I understood that I couldn't have it postponed again and I would be there. My fine would be $700 and a year of probation. WTH?

Is anybody else shocked by this amount? I watched case after case of DUIs and they got less of a fine. My sister said I would walk away with time served and she would know considering she this is her job (some days) in our county. I don't think there is anything I can do to change it and now I have to come up with the full amount or sit on probation for a year. Of course, we can't be on probation and be a foster/adopt parent.

I hope the fat bastard chokes on his biscuit.

13 comments:

Lisa said...

Good Grief!! There has to be someone who knows their a@@ from a hole in the ground working there you can get this straightened out with. What a fun day (NOT). It makes you wonder how real criminals navigate the system - they all seem to make it look easy. Here's hoping things work out in your favor.

J. said...

I would sweat about the stupidity of allt hat but I do not know how you feel about swearing... so I just leave it at that! Stupid systems.

Levi said...

Sounds like a bureaucratic mess! Have you considered looking into a lawyer? They may be able to plead down your charges.. and would probably cost less than $700. Not sure the specifics in your state, but usually pleading guilty to a traffic violation like that will also add points to your license and increase your insurance, so it would probably be a good idea to at least check it out.

Kelley said...

I just don't get how people think it's ok to treat other people that way. I'm so sorry this happened to you. It will be ok. It has to. Those kids need you.

I've been working on plans to see you guys in October :)

Kelly said...

You need a break!!!!

Kerry said...

I'm confused. Isn't the third option to go back again for the next date?

kelly said...

You might want to think about speaking with an attorney. Most attorney's have free consultations and the fee they charge would probably be less than or equal to the fine. And they would be able to speak to the prosecutor and explain your situation and most likely get you a better deal. Attorneys in my area only charge around $500 for that sort of thing, so it might be comparable where you live. Court staff can be very rude, hopefully you can get everything worked out.

COME ON BABY said...

WHAT!!!!! You are a SAINT and you get a $700.00 fine?!?!?!?!? "They" should be paying you for being so SAINTLY!!!!! BS!!! Setup a fundraiser. I will be the first to throw down some cash. Really!!

Kikilia said...

Doesn't a continuance mean that you go back to court rather than pay the fine?

Is the fine only if you don't go back to court?

Kate said...

...Talk about abuse of power. Can your BIL help you at all with this? I, too, hope the bastard chokes. :)

Kikilia said...

Try 2 here:

I'm confused- if you signed a continuance doesn't that mean that you just go back for the next court date? Or is the $700 fine if you don't show up for that date?

Tudu said...

Unfortunately, all this crap happened in another county. If it had been our current county, it would have been time served.

The continuance just means I have to go back and start over. I already agreed to the fine that everyone else got with a suspended license. The folks that had a lawyer, got the same fine. The DUIs are the ones that got a lesser fine. I don't think there is much I can do.

Kikilia said...

That sucks royally!

I hope the guy chokes on his biscuit too!