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Question: I Attend Alcoholics Anonymous But I Got a DUI, What Should I Do?

Question: I kinda fell off the wagon. I've been going to Alcoholics Anonymous for about a year but I had a few beers and a couple of Tequila shots at a party and I got a DUI. Also I smoke pot and I had a picture of Jesus Malverde in my car. Will the prosecutors consider the fact that I go to AA in my case and can they use the Jesus Malverde picture against me?

Answer: Your description of your matter is not detailed enough to provide you with a depthful analysis of your DUI case, but some general points apply. The fact that you are participating in AA is something you should be proud of. It shows that you acknowledge that a problem exists (i.e., alcoholism—which is a disease) and that you are addressing it through a very effective method. Indeed, the AA 12-step program has helped millions of Americans overcome the disease of alcoholism for many decades. Alcoholics Anonymous has a proven track-record. So the fact that you are in AA may actually help in negotiations with the solicitors regarding the DUI.

You did not state whether you were charged with a drug related crime—possession or drug trafficking, etc. Jesus Malverde is a folklore hero in Mexico and is considered a "narco-saint" by those involved in the drug trade, particularly Mexican pot growers and dealers. Pictures of Jesus Malverde are often found with drug dealers. Of course just having a picture of Jesus Malverde is not a crime, indeed it is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. However, if you were charged with a drug crime (perhaps marijuana possession) the prosecution might be able to have the picture admitted into evidence.

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