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Interview with Jim and Jerry

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Jim: I went to court on oct 2010. It kept on getting moved finally by jan 2011 I was sentenced.
Jerry: It took about four weeks between eachcourt hearing so the first hearing was just an arraignment, the second hearing was postponed and by the third hearing the prosecutor finally came up with a deal that was acceptable. By the time a plea agreement could be reached, I was sentenced to time served plus 3 months community control

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Jim: no i was stopped for having my brights on. I had been drinking so when stopped the cop smelled it and did his field sobriety test. I failed so was placed under arrest
Jerry: No, I violated probation by being arrested for Boating under the influence. Since I was not driving the boat and the vessel was anchored, the charge was dropped to a mi a demeanor offense of reckless boating. I had to turn myself in for VOP after being released on bond for the misdemeanor.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Jim: Court went as smooth as it could i guess no major diffuculties just took awhile to have my case called.
Jerry: Not in person, on video cameras from a separate building, not very personal. I had to be shackled and handcuffed and wear an orange jumpsuit like a common criminal. I'm sure my appearance had a negative effect on the prosecutor and the judge. I didn't even have to be present for the first hearing.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Jim: DUI and that was the conviction pleady no contest
Jerry: Bui, then dropped to reckless boating

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