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Tree Nut Legal Defense Recovery Fund

$1,810 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 41 people in 5 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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Outcome:

On Wednesday, January 9th, I ended up having to accept a plea deal as follows:

I pled guilty to speeding, 79 in a 55 on Interstate 85. All of the DUI charges were dropped. My final "punishment" includes 12 months probation to be immediately terminated upon completion of 110 hours of community service, a drug/alcohol assessment and Risk Reduction Driving Classes.

The judge allowed me to convert my total fine to additional hours of community service. Due to the cost of probation, the classes and the assessment, I am going to knock it all out as quickly as possible so I can move on with my life and start recovering from this nightmare.

Eventually the ticket will drop off and my record will be clean and clear. However, this does NOT in any way, prevent me from filing grievances against the two police officers involved, which intend to do for sure. Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me, otherwise, I am not sure how I would have pulled through. ❤❤❤
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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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