I was arrested after a NFL football game in the parking lot for drunk in public. This is what happened, my friend was driving and we were stuck in traffic in the parking lot, not moving at all, a car bumped my friends rear bumber, we get out to investigate and the car behind us front bumper was up againt her rear bumper, and the driver was denying it so we were all shouting at each other than all of a sudden he moved his car back away quickly from my friends car because he saw the cops coming and denied bumping her car, and told the offficer he was just trying to have a good time at the game with his 17 year old daughter (I doubt it was his daughter) there was no damage to car, the officers let the guy go. The oficers were holding us, because we forgot we had open beer bottles in the cup holders of the car, so they arrested my friend for drunk in public. The officers told me to go get a taxi, but I felt compelled to stay with my friend, I felt bad , and was telling the officers I couldn't let my friend get arrested alone so they also hand cuffed and arrested me too for drunk in public. Neither one of us were drunk, we had 2 beers for the duration of the game (3 hours), and I had a sip of beer that was in the car. I asked the officer to test me, cause I knew I wasn't intoxicated, but they just ignoed me. I was never read the Miranda rights. We were held for 11 hours from the time of arrest in the parking lot until released from the jail and the conditions were horrible-food on the floor, dirty and hot and smelly I regret trying to be heroic, should have just took a taxi. I have a clean record. My court date is Nov 17th, 2014. I wasn't intoxicated, I was upset about the guy bumping into my friends car, and my friend getting arrested.
Should I just go to court and plead Not Guilty? I need advice! Please help. I really can't afford a lawyer.
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