a reply to: Kingdumbcome
I can't help you with what is pending on your record other than
tp advise when you get your day in court make a heartfelt plea
for leniency to the judge. Dress respectfully, and conduct yourself
VERY respectfully before the judge. Prepare and practice. Your
plea to the judge should include the circumstances with losing your
job, how this was a ONE time mistake, and you're concerned for your
future with this one your record. Ask for deferred adjudication
....and pray you get a lenient judge.
As for the police encounter the "reaching into your pockets" part
should be a lesson learned. DONT. Always be civil, friendly, and
(this is the part I hate--defer to their authority--some of them have
a complex about that and will MAKE SURE you know who is boss
if they get even a hint of your disrespect)
You can never really WIN a police encounter. They have the authority
and means to do much harm, but you can lessen your chances of
trouble if you remain calm, say as little as you can get by with (don't
offer free information) AND if the situation starts to escalate SHUT UP.
If you feel the tension rising, shut your yap, except to say "officer, I am
going to respectfully exercise my right to remain silent".
You can't talk your way out of trouble...but you can talk yourself