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Tree Nut Legal Defense Fund

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Raised by 40 people in 3 months
I was unlawfully detained for DUI on 11.5.2017 after being bullied into speeding by a police officer who mis-identified oak tree acorns as illegal mushrooms. After calling for DUI backup, I was placed under arrest with no understanding of why until after I was handcuffed and placed into the backseat of a police cruiser. After attempting to coherse me into admitting to possession of illegal drugs, the officer finally admitted (with a chuckle) that they had "figured it out, they were acorns" just before taking me to the detention facility.

My first attorney absconded with my retainer ($3750)  shortly after I posted a $2700 bond so within 24 hours of the arrest, I was left without any financial resources to obtain new counsel until my grievance filed with the State Bar of Georgia against my former counsel is resolved. The snowball effect has created an abrupt, and overwhelming amount of debt ( though I pray this is temporary) and having been granted my one-time continuance, I need to raise funds to hire new counsel since I legally do not qualify for court-appointed counsel despite my current lack of financial resources. No, it's not actually a "right" that you receive a public defeunder if can't afford one...you simply have the right to request it.

I can't in good conscience admit to something I didn't do in an effort to reduce the potential severity of the outcome. I have always been a peacemaker and advocate of peaceable resolution, but I will not stand down against what amounts to a cover-up just to avoid embarrassment. Not when that "laughable" mistake has upturned every facet of my life. I would rather live with a clear conscience of knowing I fought as hard as I could, than the regret of fearing undue consequences for a crime I didn't commit. Thank you.
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I officially have a new attorney, shis AWESOME!!! The fight is far from over, things are going to be struggle for a long while as I try hard to recover financially but today, one heavy burden unloaded ❤ It's because of YOU!!!!
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Because of you amazing and wonderful friends, my amazing and wonderful family and the amazing Lord above...I am meeting my new attorney next Tuesday!!!! Hopefully then, things move forward before the tables get turned!!!
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so the new attorney I had hoped to secure is about $4,000 more than I have credit available to cover. #wontgiveup
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So...I sent all of the case info I have to my prospective new attorney this morning. This includes a 30 page DUI packet that asked about EVERY detail of the "incident" and since I have a VERY acute attention to detail and a part-time photographic memory, it took a week to complete.

I wanted to share just one of many pieces of unreliable "evidence" in my case, which is really the only "evidence" the State even has...the questionable breathalyzer report.

in the top right, you see the time of my incident noted as 12:24 a.m. However, according to the results, I wasn't even tested until nearly 2 a.m. But then, if you look at the timeline, it was during the second calibration that the time reset. Therefore, it shows my second test was performed an hour PRIOR to the first one. Curious right?

Consider this, in the written incident report, the officer states I blew a .09 on the roadside Alcosenor machine...but, assuming that took place shortly after 12:24 a.m. and the breath test was done nearly two hours later, why would the readings match? Unless I had continued to imbibe at a rate equivalent to what my body could elimate through sweating and urinating upon arrival at the detention center, how could I have possibly blown the same BAC on tests nearly two hours apart?
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