July 13, 2011 by David Gillaspie
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What do you do if you’re falsely charged with a crime?
First, go to jail.
Second, clear your name.
Third, pay a lawyer whatever he needs, and then some.
How long does it take to pay a lawyer bill on caretaker money? About two years.
If a man uses a building for a bathroom break and gets caught, he usually wraps his affairs up and moves along.
If a man whizzes on my caretaker building, then sticks around long enough to make trouble, he’s got a bigger problem.
Or so I thought. I was the one with bigger problems.
Getting arrested and charged with menacing, disorderly conduct and pointing a firearm at another isn’t the same as not wearing a seatbelt or talking on cell phone while you drive.
It’s not jaywalking.
What happens after the criminal trial finds you innocent? Pay your lawyer. Then sue.
A peaceful man can legally carry a concealed weapon with the proper license. My weapon is a peacekeeper.
Because of my gun, the two men with the sparkling wine bottle didn’t suffer the consequences coming their way if they had hit me with it. My gun saved them further embarrassment, yet I was arrested.
An old Russian joke tells of two men who haven’t seen each other in years and years finally meeting.
“Where have you been?” one asked.
“I was in Siberian prison for five years,” said the other.
“What did you do?”
“Nothing. If I had done anything, it would have been ten years.”
That is an old way of life. Now is better.
My advice is simple: Do the right thing, and make the right friends. The last one is most important.
When you find yourself on the witness stand in your own trial, you can count on people to stand up for you.
Regular people should know this. Look at those you call friends and make a list of the ones who would come to help if you called. Those are your real friends.
Then ask which of those would steer you right if you were wrong. They are who you need to listen to very carefully.
In the end, you are as good as word. If you’ve been to court, you know a jury can tell the difference.
Justice? We’re getting there.