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Interview with Charles and Lynne

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Charles: I was released on Bond and had a court date. On my court/trial date a video was used to show cause and I was given a urine test that I also failed. I was then sebtenced to 18 months with all but 12 months suspended. The judge was very stern and bought up some past situation s I was involved in.
Lynne: The pre - sentencing process wasn't bad it was nerve wracking not knowing your outcome.Trying to Obtain legal services.Dealing with your family and the fact that you may be in jail for a long time.Trying to make sure you have money saved up to buy what you need just incase

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Charles: I was leaving an area in West baltimore (A store) where I was suspected on being involved in a drug transaction. Upon leaving the store a police car pulled up behind me and pulled me over as I was walking back home. They searched me and found a pill. They concluded that I had went into the store to purchase drugs.
Lynne: No I was at work just came back from my lunch break at the returns desk.And my manager just comes to me and says I need you in the back room for a meeting so I say o.k shut down my register report to the backroom and the loss prevention officer was there.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Charles: Court was kind of crowded that day. Things seemed to have moved fast. I didn't have anyone there from my famioly with me as I was too embarrased. I am not a bad guy, just had a drug habit and it was only recreational. I had a court lawyer and he was not that good. But then again, alot of the evidence was against me and this was my third time for this same charge. So I was not surprised about the outcome.
Lynne: Very long time they tell u to be there at a certain time but you got to sit through so many cases.Then finally it's your timekes you nervous sitting there your family in the courtroom to it waz very cold and alot of people and cases and lawyers whispering to each other

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Charles: Possession and buying crack cocaine. I was convicted for possession.
Lynne: Felony theft scheme Felony theft scheme

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