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Interview with Deidre

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Deidre: I was arrested and notified there was an outstanding warrant and no bail for failure to comply with PTI program. Four years earlier I was indicted and had court, which I did not attend, due to being in the hospital on an overdose, and my lawyer later informed me I was in the Pre Trial Intervention Program.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Deidre: No, I was at work, where my boss the day before had agreed I could have a loan, we agreed on the amount, and he left hurriedly that day and as the bookkeeper and the secretary, I wrote all checks, so I signed the check something I did in emergencies. He had me arrested the next morning and said I did not have permission to sign the check.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Deidre: There were people moving around up front, in and out, lawyers and other people, I have no idea who they were. There were people sitting in the pews. There was also inmates in orange sitting closer towards the front of the pews and being guarded by sheriff deputies and they were handcuffed. The judge was in his/her seat behind a microphone, but you could barely make out what was being said unless you were standing up there.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Deidre: Possession of a forged instrument. Forgery 2nd degree.

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