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Interview with Ted, Lisa, Tania and Thomas

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Ted: I was intoxicated and ended up committing battery. I ended up getting charged with battery, confinement, attempted robbery. I was arrested later that evening. I pretty much went to them when I knew I was going to be arrested.
Lisa: my attonery took care of everything and i just went to court and told me everything that i have to do to gett out of there and will her annd gods help i was got out of go and smile all from readinfg bible and being on god side and getting faith together to
Tania: i got an initial hearing to plea then a bond set. you either make bond or you don't. it took me two months and a about eight months to finally get to sentencing. a lot of back and forth with the prosecuters, judge and my public defender to determine my fate.
Thomas: After the initial arrest you see the judge the next day sometimes on a TV monitor or in person then there is the presentenceing date scheduled to anywhere from six to twelve weeks away very slow process, if a public defender is to represent you well that usually does'nt happen until one or two days before the presentening date.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Ted: I was arrested down the street from where the crime was committed.
Lisa: the police pickme up on coner being drunk and it cursing people out and just asshole in my coummity and started fighting the polise to and i smile and didnt care and went to jail and spend my time and now i an free woman and on god side and happy
Tania: no police stopped by my house. i was reporting a crime committed against myself upon my visit to talk to the police, they told me there was a state wide warrant out for my arrest in which they could not let me leave and had to arrest me right then and there.
Thomas: Can't say I have ever been to jail without the police being involved but on my last arrest yes they were already at my house when I pulled in with my truck, was questioned, given the sobreity test three times and finally arrested for DUI and open container and taken to jail

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Ted: My initial hearing was that Friday where I was told what I was charged with. I was scheduled to go 3 months later, but I ended up getting an earlier court day (like a month earlier). My fiance at the time was going down and talking to the prosecutor for me and the prosecutor offered me a plea bargain.
Lisa: it was fine it more attrony talk and the judge i nver talked at all i was just there and let me attrony deal with the case and tell about me and kudge just ask question back to attonery it was alot of people in court room even the prisoners to
Tania: court was full of jargon i did not know. the prosecuter laughed at me for not understanding things but the judge was ok for the most part. since never having a record i didn't know what was going on most of the time and that my defender really didn't have my best interest in mind and was so overworked, he fell asleep in court once
Thomas: Court in Marion county without a paid for attorney is a joke and a mockery of the judicial system. You are seriously "Guilty until proven innocent" You are shackled dressed in jail attire which may or may not fit you properly and though you are allowed to spreak breifly in your behalf you will most likely be cut short and ridiculed by the judge.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Ted: I was convicted of confinement and they dropped the other two charges.
Lisa: dui and drunk and bening mean
Tania: class c felony robbery were my original charges and my conviction. the prosecution would not plea down to lesser charges
Thomas: On my last it was DUI and open container

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