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Belemi

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  1. Belemi

    False DWI

    I think intent matters in this case. I'm not an actively using person who just wanted my "drugs" and didn't care about wellbeing of the public. I think this was a case of Mistake of Fact. Hell...I even waited in my car for 1 hour before driving to make sure I was safe. I feel awful about this and stupid for not just waiting two more hours till I got home.
  2. Belemi

    False DWI

    I can see what you are saying although I do not agree. They are both evening meds and both prescribed. I just normally take one at 5 and the other at 8. That's 3 hours and I believe any person would have assumed it would make no difference. I have been on both a long time and knew of its side effects. If it had been new then hell no I wouldn't have taken them. There was no previous indication that I would have had a reaction like I did. I believe I'm a responsible adult who had an unexpected medication reaction to my psyc meds.
  3. Belemi

    False DWI

    Of course I'll get a public defender but I'm worried they won't truly care about my situation. If I was an active user who was purposely careless then I would deserve to have harsh consequences. This was a severe medication interaction. Thanks for the reply.
  4. Belemi

    False DWI

    Yes they did a blood test. They had a list of my medications too. I don't know how to defend myself in this case because of my history. I literally feel like throwing in the towel. I have a medication interaction and my life is potentially ruined. What steps can I take to help prove this? I have all my providers and friends writing letters, I've made an appointment for a drug and alcohol assessment but I don't know next steps? My first court date is October 31st. It says I'll be fingerprinted on that day. I can't afford a lawyer but is it advisable to still get a free consultation? I can't just sit back and take this because I know how committed to my recovery I've been.
  5. Belemi

    False DWI

    Hello, Approximately three months ago I was pulled over for driving poorly. I crossed the white line several times. The situation was that on my way home from a counseling/therapy appointment I took two of my medications (Lyrica and Noratryptaline) I do not normally take together. I took them just before I drove home. It was late. I didn't want to forget to take my meds and I had just picked them up from the pharmacy so I took them. Alone I've never had any kind of severe side effects so I didn't suspect that I have would have any this time either. I became very sleepy and confused and unfortunately I kept telling myself that I was just fine to drive home, which I wasn't. Everything was a big blur. I ended up getting pulled over and arrested for driving intoxicated( although I didn't know this until just the other day as I just got the official charges) What complicates this whole thing is 2 1/2 years ago I had a DWI for being addicted to OxyContin. I went to treatment ..I've committed my life for 2 1/2 years to stay clean and sober and so the fact that this is happening has actually been quite devastating to me. I'm a teacher looking for a job. if I get anything else on my record it's going to be next to impossible for me to find a job. I have a chronic pain issue and Lyrica has been the only thing I've been able to take. This whole thing was just a big mistake. An interaction of my medications that I had no idea that was going to happen. For years now I've been going to an NA, doing therapy twice a week, and trying to pick my life up and put it back together. I went to treatment, I still see my Dr. who deals with my recovery. I am just devastated. I have no clue what to do. I can't afford to hire a lawyer to help me and I feel that relying on a public defender is risky as I do have a record. It would be very easy for them to not believe that my life has been committed to my recovery. If any of you have any advice on what I can do I'm in the Minnesota area. I just hope and pray that there's somebody out there willing to help me with my case. I need someone willing to do a pro bono case for me. I will do all the leg work myself but I just really need someone to help me.
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