This is my first offense. A bad storm rolled through my area, pulling my boat off of shore, then filling the boat with water to the top. The boat was slammed into the rocks and it got a few holes in it. It wound up sunk near my shoreline. I was very upset about this. A few days prior to this event, I had gone through a few rounds of the police being called by my drunk boyfriend, who has since quit drinking. I rarely drink, and if I do, I never get drunk, and never drink more than 1 or 2 drinks. My sister and mother are alcoholics, so I have always had a distaste for drinking. I wouldn't let him in the house, because he was destroying things. When the boat sunk, I went out to one of my docks on my property. My boyfriend followed me, but I just wanted to be alone to cry. So, I jumped in the lake, which is only about 4 feet. He kept following me, so I started swimming away from shore. The water, and the swim, felt so good that I just kept swimming across the lake. I got out on the other side, which is not a long ways as our lake is smaller. I was walking back to my house, when the police showed up, and put me in their car. I told them I did not want to get in, as I had done nothing wrong. They insisted and handcuffed me, pushing me into the car, hitting my head on a bar. I got a huge lump on my head from this. He took me back to my place, but did not release me. My boyfriend had thought that I had drowned, since he could not see me after going back to the house to get his phone, then returning to the lakeside. I had already gotten out of the water. The police were insisting that I take a breathalyzer, and I refused. I had only drank two shots of Grand Marnier, but had no idea how it would test with me swimming and also did not see what I had done to justify this. The point they took me away, I had said to them, you guys are just like the f**king NSA. That's the only bad thing I said to them. Because I refused to take the test, they threw me in detox overnight. After this, I received the ticket in detox of the misdemeanor
charge, and a few weeks later, a court
date for appearance arrived in the mail. What should I do? My court date is Tuesday. The website says I will be appointed a public defender. I am a laid off IT Project Manager, so I do not have the money to hire an attorney.