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Interview with Collin, Robbie, Michelle and Lorrie

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Collin: After I was arrested I went into holding but I bonded out. I pretty much knew was was going on. They sent me to a probation officer and they put me on probation and then I told them I didn't want to do probation any more so I went back to court and plead guilty.
Robbie: I was arrested and bonded out..went to court and was sentenced to 6 months suspended two years probation. my bond was 1000 dollars so i had to pay 100 dollars through a bondsman. I got the money and was bonded out and went to court a couple of months later.
Michelle: In 2005 I was held for forty-five days on VOP, then released with a probation bond. Then was on drug court, and held until I went to rehab. Then came back on new charge in 2008. Then came back in 2011 and was held until I went to rehab again, and then came back and went to prison.
Lorrie: I was sentenced to 1 year probation and 90 days in jail the lawyer I had never spoke to me or saw me until i went to court she called out y name looking for me but i tried repeatedly to see her but she never had time but i had to pay for her fees and she didnt even know the details of my case time we went to court

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Collin: I was arrested for possession of paraphernalia. I was caught in the act, I guess you could say.
Robbie: I was caught in downtown huntsville with a joint. I was sitting in a car with a couple of other people. The person whose marijuana it was did not know how to roll a joint so he asked if i would for him and i said i would. The police began to walk up and i stepped out of the car and walked down into the park they stopped all of us and searched us and found the marijuana.
Michelle: In 2005, yes the investigator came by my house and took me in for questioning. Then, no the other times I was arrested at the pharmacy once and at probation office twice. I was always held with a hold on me and I couldn't bond out due to probation violation.
Lorrie: no i was pulled over in a traffic stop for speeding and didnt even know they had a warrant for my arrest because i was stopped by a city cop the day before cause of my breaklight and i didnt have a warrant then but when the county pulled my over he saw I did

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Collin: It was kinda quick. Like I said, I knew what to expect and since I was pleading guilty, I knew where I was headed to.
Robbie: I remember going to court in jail over video confernce i never made it to a courthouse i saw the judge through the tv. I remeber them telling me what i was charged with and asked me what i wanted to plea. I said i was guilty and they sentenced to me to 6 months suspended 2 years probabtion
Michelle: Court always took at least 30 - 45 days to go to from the time of going to jail. Unless, the one time I went to city court for a traffic ticket that I couldn't pay and they took me straight to the jail from court. Also, when I was in drug court they took me straight from court to jail and then I was placed on community corrections.
Lorrie: The court process was long I had a appointed lawyer 2 months before I went to court I found out who she was not once did she see me and when i called had to leave messages I never saw her until i went to court i called her and left messages on her machine she never returned my calls but she sent my a letter stating that every time I call and leave a message she charges me $250 dollars and i never got to see her until she called my name in the court room the day of my case

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Collin: The original charges were the possession of paraphernalia and that's what I was convicted on.
Robbie: posession of marijuana 2nd degree
Michelle: In 2005, I had Breaking & Entering, then I had Possession of controlled substance and Attempting to Obtain Drugs by Fraud.
Lorrie: Forgery 2nd I got forgery 1st

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