The following post will probably cause many people here to view me very differently, but I don't give a shit. Alright. Let me get this disclaimer over with. I understand that the following may sound immature, irresponsible, or just plain stupid. OR...It may sound like a very plausible idea to you. Just please read this in it's entirety and try to keep either of those feelings (good idea, bad idea) at bay. Let's just consider the facts here. I live in Austin, Texas, am 23 years old, and was arrested July 17th of 2005 for a DWI and blew a .2223 on the breathalizer, which I didn't know I could refuse, btw. I've already paid $2500 to my lawyer, $200 to get my car out of impound, spent 20 hours in jail and paid $20 for my personal bond. This is what I'm looking at now: 14 Alcohol Anonymous classes 1 four hour Mother Against Drunk Driving class 1 DWI Intervention class (the three aforementioned add up to about $300) 60 hours of community service $300 court cost Two to three weekends in jail. 1 breathalizer unit placed within my car for no longer than a year. I'm to pay for the machine and it's installation. I cannot work in the career field that I have been in for the past five years passion about (working with disabled children) because this DWI is on my record. It is the law. The good news is that I get to keep my driver's license as long as I have insurance on my car. Insurance will be around $300-$500 a month because of my DWI. Probation for two years ($1000 per year) If I violate my probation, I'm to receive 120 days in jail. And all of that is the plea bargain. If I went before a judge or jury, I'd probably receive much more simply because my BAC was three times the legal limit. I'm seriously thinking about moving out of state and I'd like some opinions. I've spoken with several people about this whole leaving Texas thing and it's received mixed feelings. First, I'd like to say why I'm considering this and I'd like to reiterate that I did not say I am moving, I said I'm considering it. 1. I am running from my problems. (Let's just get that out in the open.) 2. The amount of money I'm going to have to pay for this probation shit is something I don't want to have to deal with and it'd be cheaper for me to move. 3. There is a chance that once moved, this DWI shit will not follow me and I can attend classes I want and actually go through with a degree in social work/recreational therapy with disabled children without the hassle I've received in the last year. I've heard several stories about people running from the law by simply leaving state and I'll share mine with you now. While working at the State Hospital (Let me make this clear: my checks had the state seal on them. I worked for the state of Texas. I didn't get a raise unless a legislation was passed. I was paid with tax dollars.) I knew an individual who did a lot of drugs; prescription and illegal for recreational use (many of the staff did). This individual worked with children ages four to seventeen. He mentioned oneday that he couldn't go back to a particular state and a coworker became suspicious, thinking that he had run from the law. She went online and typed his name into a "wanted" search engine and found that he was wanted for fraud. He had been pretending to be a nurse and called up several pharmacies to place prescriptions for various downers. He'd then come get the prescriptions by posing as the patients. He went to jail for this briefly and was able to get out briefly and ran to Texas where he obtained a job working with children. This is an individual that I knew personally and I am 100 percent certain this is a real story. In this case, the law of one state did not effect his lifestyle in another. If I choose to go through with this decision, I am considering Boulder, Colorado. I've been there on several occasions and it's a beautiful town, a thirty minute drive from Denver. It's full of friendly fun people and is very similar to Austin in many ways. The gas prices are shit, but the apartments there don't cost much more than here. Also, I doubt the long arm of the Texas law has the energy to extend so far as to bring me back (kicking and screaming, I may add) over a DWI. If I were to do this, I would not come back to Texas. NOW...I'd like everyone's opinions on the following, kinda like a survey: 1. Without telling me that I'm stupid, irresponsible, or immature for considering this, what is your opinion on this entire topic? 2. Do you think this shit would follow me if I go to Colorado to the point where it'd interfere with me, pretty much, starting over like it never happened? 3. I wont need to get a new one right away, but do you think this will effect my trying to get a driver's license in Colorado when the time comes? 4. Anything you'd like to add, please do so.