Just got back from court today as our civil proceedings were bumped by a few criminal calls so I was able to observe the consequences of other people's bad choices.
As the usual it is typically not one bad choice, but a series of bad choices that results in your life being both a train wreck and an example for others of what not to do.
One fellow was up for a probation violation hearing.
While out on probation, with at least a 330 day jail sentence hanging over his head, he decided to be a decent upstanding citizen, and use the chance of probation to turn over a new leaf, and lead an upright law-abiding life from that time forward. . . .
Instead, he decided to:
1. Use marijuana on at least, as he admitted, a weekly basis;
2. Drive while his license was suspended;
3. Assault another person; and
4. Some other violations on top of those.
So, after that bunch of lousy choices for which he was pretty easily caught, he stands before the judge for violating his terms of probation. He admits that he understood the terms and he violated them.
He's in court complete with baby mama and child, asking for leniency.
A quite good public defender is doing what she can for him, but with the extensive catalog of the facts of his violations as they are, it is not much.
Note that this guy is 25 years old and is well on the way to completely wrecking his life.
The judge is rather unhappy with the conduct displayed while out on probation. The judge notes that he had given the miscreant a gift by placing him on probation for the initial offense, a gift that was completely spurned. The judge revokes his probation and gives him the full remaining 330 days in jail.
As has been related many a time, if you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough.