JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process: Trisha: I was convicted of a felony. First you are
arrested and go into booking. Pic is taking,
fingerprints are taken. Next you go into a pea
pod, that is classification for up to 7 days.
While you're in pea pod you are waiting to go to
your video hearing, where bail is set. Next you go
to preliminary hearing. Go to the courthouse
shackled, in a van. You will have a preliminary
hearing usually within 2 weeks of arrest. This
hearing is to determine if there is enough to go
forward with a trial. Jared: Such a long process but its what they do. You just sit and a
room and you can't talk to your public defender but he is
there.You are confused if yyou've never talked to your
lawyer.its frustrating. They offer you a deal and if you don't
take it ,they send you back to the county to wait for next
sentencing date. Lucia: It was very crowded, many different offenders in
the room. Judge Freelander was the judge that day.
Most of the offenders had already been put into
pods and had undeterminite dates to be released. I
was one of the only three women in for the day.
Many of the people in were in for violating probation.
JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested. Trisha: Didn't answer.
Jared: I was walking down the street and a good semeritan called the
cops because I smelled like weed.I ran when the cops arrived
on the scene. I threw the weed and gave myself up. A watching
witness yelled to the cops that I threw the weed in her yard.
They read me my right and took me in. Lucia: I was arrested for an excessive DUI for driving
the wrong way down a one way street at the
beginning of summer. I was arrested on site, with
my car towed, and breathalized at the station.
After failing the breath test i was moved into
booking and then shortly after was moved into
JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall. Trisha: The court system moves pretty fast. This is a
yuppy area, tourist town, upper class. They are
really strict on crime. I did five years on an
accessory to felony. My friend stabbed a guy and
that's was what I got. Jared: Sitting in shackles waiting on your name to be called. You
hope that the person before you don't name the judge mad.
Your seperated from the court room until your time is called.
Your lawyer/attorney doesn't want to see you or talk to you
until five minutes before your facing a felony charge that could
change your life. Lucia: I was the only person being brought in from jail
for court at the 11am time slot. I was the last
person to be called up. My public defender and the
judge along with prosecuting attorney entered the
room late as they were discussing the cases in a
separate room. my parents were there. very upset
but still very supporting.
JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of? Trisha: The longest I was in there was for acccessory to a
felony. I did 9 months waiting to go to prison on
Accessory to felony, aggravated battery, charged
and convicted Jared: I was originally charged with poss. Of marijuana and
obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence I was
convicted of poss.of weed intent to distribute felony the rest
misd. Lucia: My original charges were excessive DUI. First they
were going to charge me with 10 days in jail, 5
days sheriffs labor, 2 years unsupervised
probation, and drug and alcohol classes. In the
end i ended up doing 2 months jail time with 2
years unsupervised probation and drug and alcohol