I titled this story “Mundane Purity” because I thought it was a catchy title and may grab someone’s attention.
I met a woman when I was in the Marine Corps in 1998 and married her 3 months later. She had two children I raised as my own and we were blessed with a 3rd child that was born in January of 2000. I’m not going to bore you with the details of our marriage but I’ll try and make a long story short and get to the point.
I hired out with a major railroad (one of the largest in the country) and quickly promoted to locomotive engineer in 2004. In 2007 I was injured on the job and sued the company. In 2010 I settled out of court and was pretty much supposed to take the money earned in the settlement and live the rest of my life. After receiving the settlement I noticed a tremendous change in my wife. She frequented casinos and was disappearing for several days at a time without telling me anything. I was completely frustrated because I had got another job and no one was there to help me watch my children. Please, before anyone labels me a sexist, we had an agreement that I make the money and she watch the kids and keep the house. This was in an effort consistent with our beliefs that no one loves your children like you do and she wanted to do it.
Fast forward less than 6 months after receiving the settlement I had had it with the “I’m leaving, not saying a word, and showing up 3 to 4 days later.” I tracked her to a house in SoCal and found some 15 year old kid driving my Nissan GTR. I went in to the garage where I found her with 5 to 7 guys. I got the picture real quick. To my dismay my wife had been cheating on me. I could go into great detail but a long story really really short I ended up getting several charges that night to and including one that labeled me as a sex offender for life.
My charges were against my wife who is older than me by 3 months and we were 32 at the time. 2 1/2 years later, 2013, I’m out of prison and I meet my parole officer. Nice guy. We went over my parole conditions thoroughly. I was told my parole was to be for a period of 3 years with 5 being the maximum if I screwed up or did something I wasn’t supposed to do. I signed the conditions just as I did a few days before I was released from prison. He explained to me that if I kept my nose clean I would be off parole in 3 years (2016). I’ve complied with everything they’ve asked, several unreasonable conditions in my opinion. I’ve never violated. I was told by my new parole officer that I need to go sign my new parole conditions. I did, thought it wouldn’t be a big deal.
However, I noticed when I signed it was a lot less restrictive than it previously was. I no longer had a curfew! Yay!! In addition, upon further review, I noticed the parole officer had marked that I had to do 5 years of parole instead of 3. I immediately brought this to her attention as anyone would that cares anything about themselves would. She told me she would address that then and there and it was probably just a clerical error because she had redone so many parolee’s conditions that morning no big deal. She disappeared behind the “door”. I sat and waited patiently without giving it much thought. The “door” opens approximately 5-7 minutes later and she tells me, “I don’t know how to tell you this but you got 10 years of parole.” I was floored. How could this be? Then she went back behind the “door” and emerged a few minutes later and spout out basically “Jessica’s Law” to me that states if you were convicted or plead between these dates you get this amount of time on parole so on and so forth. My issue is this: 10 years of parole is ridiculous!!! I signed for 3 years NOT 10!!
I’ve asked other parolees (I’m sure everyone on parole in California is familiar with the joke called Sharper Future) about the situation I’m in and if there is any relief anywhere. Everyone seems to know that they have heard of many people’s parole being extended but they don’t seem to know of anyone in specific. Also, everyone seems to know that they lawyered up and are getting their parole put back to where it was. I’ve dug into this myself. Every lawyer in my county is a criminal defense attorney and none of them are interested on taking on parole. They don’t do it period. It’s a special kind of attorney that takes on parole and they just don’t seem to have that kind where I am from.
The question I pose to you is this: Is anyone in my shoes? If so, what are you doing about it? Have you had any success with anything? I’m in the appeals process right now (which, of course you know is just plain silly). Did you get a lawyer? If so, who? Can anybody help me please???? I would like to go back to being a productive member of society but these restrictions accompanied by this VCR on my leg keep me from doing anything somewhat productive.
HELP, I’m begging you! My respects to everyone and if there is anything I can help you with hit me up.
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