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Need advice on a DUI for my daughter- 20 yrs old.

My daughter, Emma Liberatore, had spinal surgery just about 3 months ago for scoliosis- 16 vertebrae were pinned with a rod on each side.  She has her release appt with her Spinal Specialist on July 2 , 2019.  After surgery she was prescribed percocet 7.5 mg for pain, flexeril- for muscle spasms and neurotin (neurontin) for nerve damage.  She spaced the pain medication over the 3 month period.  She had a long day at work and headed home around 7pm. She showered took her medication and got into bed.  Meanwhile a girlfriend in Nashville had put her dog down and asked her to drive up and stay with her.  Emma got up, dressed and left the house.  I asked where she was going and she said a friends house. 

Fast forward- It had been raining during the afternoon, but clear at the time of her accident. She swerved and overcorrected landing in a ditch.  A policeman pulled over to help her roughly around 12:30am.  He told her to call (her parents) and have them come pick her up.  She attempted and I didn't answer the phone.  He then searched her car and gave her a sobriety test. The policeman told her she had to go get blood drawn and put her uncuffed into his car.  He proceeded taking her to to the hospital- had blood drawn- she got back into his car- uncuffed and headed to the station.  When they arrived at the station he handcuffed her and said she was being booked on a DUI with a 1k fine.

It was 3:30am after everything was processed.  I received the phone call from her around 6-7am and asked to come get her.  I called a bond company and she was released on a 138.00 bond.  Her hearing is July 2 at 8:30am.  The bond man told me she had to be there and would get another trial? date to plea- or what?  He told me she could drive up and until she met with the Judge during the second trial and could lose her license for 12 months following the hearing.

  • A  I am confused as to why he would let her call us to get her before they even left the wreck.
  • B  Why is a second hearing necessary?  Is this a Tennessee law for a dui/dwi?
  • C  Why would they let someone convicted of a DUI still drive?

In September we were planning to send her to live in San Francisco with my brother who is a counselor and his wife who is a school teacher.  Get her into college and start a job as a Nanny. We're lost on what to do and what direction to go.  She cannot just sit around the house and do nothing until this is figured out.

Please contact me, Jennifer L Liberatore



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