Last year I was stopped for going 31mph in a 25mph zone. The cop that stopped me was a university police officer and asked if I had been drinking.
Like a fool I said I had a few beers and was charged with a DUI for .09 legal limit being .08
This has cost me around $2500s so far before being convicted.
in court the cop
1. said his lights were off during the sobriety test and didn't even know where his cop car was located
2. claimed I missed so many steps during heel to toe steps that he lost count but couldn't remember how many steps he asked me to take (8 steps)
3. said he doesn't pull everyone over for 6mph over just picks who he wants to pull
4. made me count to 38 with one leg up and claimed i was bouncing around like a drunken fool and didn't follow his instructions. lawyer asked how
long he had been doing this test(ten years) and why he still needs to read it to people and not from memory and how he expects me do it properly the
first time being told.
5. said i dropped my licence in my lap and forgot it was in my lap and that i seemed nervous (lie)
6. didn't know when he calibrated his speedometer said a month ago and that another unknown person did it
and few other contradictions that made him seem like a total fool. DA even laughed at this cop....
I was given a speeding ticket as well for 6mph over. I shouldn't have been drinking and hadn't eaten dinner that night so i could go see old friends
in town and in all I had 3 beers. 1 beer of those beers before going out and a few hours before.
The speeding ticket was dropped(which is his only probable cause for pulling me over) and I was charged with a level 5 DUI. The judge I got just
recently lost her son to a bike accident a few months prior so i got the worst judge possible.
My question is should I appeal my case. If i appeal I go to superior court and have a possible jury trial and more court costs on top of my fine which
community service 24hrs
drug and alcohol classes 16 hours
lose my license for a year (provisional licence for work)
fine = 660$s
total cost without appeal = $1040s
We all make mistakes but this nearly $4000 mistake is breaking me and that's not including car insurance being raised. If i appeal this could drag
out another year making this a two year stressful dilemma
any good advice? should I appeal? the cop is complete moron