About 3 years ago, I had a stupid string of 3 DUI's in a short time, but got off pretty easy. Probation, lost my license, 10 days in jail, and only one conviction (is what I think).
Today, my life is much different. Wife, child, nice home, own a nice business, and am CFO of another. What's sad is that I really don't drink very often, maybe twice a month. The three offenses came at a stupid time, when I was single and actually going out.
Now I rarely go out, never drink and drive (cab everywhere if I do happen to go out).
A couple of weeks ago I went to a baseball game, went to my buddies after the game and took a nap. But I had to be back in the morning to take care of my son, so when I woke up at 3 AM I decided I was okay to drive home.
But it was an hour and a half drive and I got pulled over.
My license is still revoked (I never did the SATOP, but did everything else). Got a citation for no insurance (I do have insurance, I couldn't find the copy of my insurance, I can easily prove that, as I do have it through my wife on the car I was driving).
And he made me do a field sobriety test. He asked me to blow, and I blew a .12 so he arrested me.
When we got to the station, I easily answered all of his questions, what time was it, where was I etc. We discussed my business, my family etc. He was a state trooper and we got along pretty well haha.
When we got to the station, I decided to not blow, since I knew I probably wasn't going to be under the legal limit of .08. Even though I felt perfectly fine, coherent and remember everything to a perfect 'tee'.
I never saw anyone else, we went to a station close to the highway, he finger printed me and then let me go. But gave me a felony offense on the DWI since he saw that it was my 4th. I am not on probation, and I don't have a ton of money to sink into a lawyer either (I was considering contacting the public defendant) since my company just made a new large investment.
I can't possibly go to jail for any term, now that I am married, with a child, a family, nice home, nice business, need to work everyday. I'm not sure what I am supposed to do, and am worried that I am going to get 'railroaded' on this since I have done this before. I also can't find anything online or in any papers about my offense, not even our state court logs. So I guess I just need advice at what my possible solutions might be and what I could possibly do to avoid jail time on this. It's important that my normal family life can continue.
I'm no lawyer but you need a good one. Your story is very similar to several I've heard over the years. I call it "good people making bad decisions", your family needs to be your first priority. A good lawyer may be able to keep you out of jail and able to provide for your wife and child. If I were you I wouldn't waste any time in seeking out the best lawyer in your area. Best of luck to you.