I am a LPN. I work in a nursing home. I just recently got into some legal trouble. I was out drinking with my drunk boyfriend. We were both drunk and started to fight. He started to punch me in the head and face. He also choked me with his arm, against my car seat. He was very abusive, verbally and physically. He finally got out of my car. I then ran over his leg with my car. I spent the night in jail and got out on a $10,000 bond. I was charged with aggravated battery. I have to go back to court on Jan.14. I am afraid I'll lose my nursing license. I've never been in trouble before. Do you think I could get a diversion ?
Dec 28, '02
I umm...aahh...well shyt. I had something rather similar happen a few years ago...except I was out tying on a good misery drunk with my then best girl friend...misery drunk because I just *knew* my live-in boy friend was running around on me and the stupid B***H confessed she was the one he was boffing... and since she *loves* him I should just bow out gracefully.
I announced that I was going to go home to wreck some serious havoic on his cheating a$$ and she got all pizzed off about it. And so a fist fight ensued...started in the bar...we both got physically ejected...fist fight continued in the parking lot until it was broken up by our mutual friends. I got in my car and started it to go home (4 blocks away) and throw him out...I had just put the car in reverse when she grabbed my hair thru the open window. I punched her in the face and (I thought) knocked her out of the way, backed out and drove away, not realizing I had ran over her foot.
The police arrested me at home the next day-in front of my kids (oldest was 16) and neighbors. I spent 2 days in jail before going in front of a judge. I was released without bail due to my long term ties to the community. I was charged with felony hit & run and felony vehicular assault.
A public defender was able to negotiate a deal to plead guilty to the reduced charge of reckless driving because (1)I was trying to leave the fight (2)there was no intent and (3) she was drunk and stupid also. The penalty was 52 days on electronic home confinement (so I was able to continue to go to work and as a single parent with no other adults in the home I allowed to take a sick kid to the doctor and was given 1 hour, 1 time per week to grocery shop), anger management classes, alchohol awareness class, $2500 fine, drivers license suspended 90 days and I had to file an SR22 ($50K bond) to get my license back and had to carry it for 3 years to keep keep it AND my employer NEVER knew a thing. If it sounds harsh keep in mind the potential penalties on the reckless was 6 months in jail, $5000 fine and no licence for 3 years...the hit & run and vehic. assault were up to 5 years in prison, $20,000 fine and no drivers license-ever.
To improve your chances for a favorable outcome I would suggest that you (a) talk to an attorney-a public defender even (b) get a domestic violence restraining order against the boy friend (c) get an alchohol evaluation and (d) get an anger evaluation.
Last edit by kids on Dec 28, '02