JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process: Chandra: I was arrested for driving on a suspended
license. I was pulled over because the officer
said I didn't have a tag light. I was arrested
because I didn't have a driver license. It was 3
in the morning.
JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested. Chandra: No I was arrested when I was driving. The
person I was with was drinking and I preferred
to risk driving without a license rather than
having them drive drunk.
JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall. Chandra: The next morning I had a first appearance in
court. They are really rude. They bring you to
a video monitor. They ask if you want a public
defender. Because I had previous driving on
suspended, it was considered "habitual" so I got
no bond. I was a Confidential Informant (CI) at
the time to avoid going to prison on other
JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of? Chandra: Original charge was going to be a felony because
it was habitual driving on a suspended license.
But I was only convicted for a misdemeanor
driving on a suspended license. I'm not sure if
my charges were lessened because of being a CI.
I got arrested July 31, and kept writing over to
the courthouse asking for my court date... I was
in there for 45 days which is the limit. I
hadn't had a court date and I didn't know what
was going on. I was in PC (protective custody)
because I was a CI. I was only let out of my
cell for about an hour a day for my own
protection. I had to eat on the floor three
meals a day, not allowed to sit at the table
with other people. I made them change
protective custody rules and regulations so I
could be allowed out of my cell. 8 X 6 cell.
Nobody to talk to, guard had to bring me a
phone. Ultimately the lieutenants and sargeants
got tired of me sending letters. I kept
requesting to move out of PC... A week and a
half before being released I was put in general