I traveled to Texas and went to court yesterday for my DWI arrest last October. The only other time I have been in court is as a juror. It was quite interesting being on the receiving end of justice this time. I was offered two years probation, no jail time, 1000 dollar fine, two years of having an interlock device and 80 hours of community service. Hmmmm. I can't leave the country while on probation. So I asked my lawyer to see what I would get if I went to jail instead. Wow. What a difference. No fine, no interlock device, no community service, no probation if I serve 3 months in the county jail. Hmmmm. Now mind you, three months is a fair amount of time to spend in jail I reckon. However, my drivers license was suspended for three months as well.
These negotiations all happen really fast. I did a quick calculation in my head. Interlock device costs 85 dollars a month, so roughly 2000 dollars plus probably another 1000 for probation fees plus the 1000 dollar fine comes to 4000 dollars I would avoid by going to jail instead. Not to mention avoiding 2 years of probation that would keep me from leaving the country until 2017. No question. I took the three months jail time if it means I can get back to South America sooner rather than later. My drivers license will be valid by the time I get out. I report to jail next week on May 14th at 1 P.M.
So this blog will be on hiatus until mid August. There may be some interesting stories of life in a Texas county jail to tell when I get out. I will report back what I find so you don't have to learn from first hand experience. Sort of an Orange is the New Black, Texas style. For all you folks reading these stories from Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and Africa, I apologize for Netflix inside jokes.
As luck would have it, a tornado came through Veriest1's ranch last week so I have been able to help out installing a new electric meter and panel as they were ripped off his house. His dad took me to town to go to court and bought me a thank you breakfast before court. Really nice family. So I am in good hands with more hospitable Texan ADVriders.
Of course I'll be broke by the time I get out of jail. So a few months work before I head back to South America for more travel tales from the roads less traveled next winter. But time flies when you're having fun. And obsessions die hard.Adios amigos.