JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process: Ralph: One time I was there I was allowed to bail out
but it was too much. Most of the times I got
arrestd, went into county and stayed there until
my arraignment. Alex: The Judges are mostly fair as far as a Judge can be.
They look at all the facts of the case and listen to
both sides equally. They are understanding of
chemically dependent people and give them a
chance to get the treatment needed. They are
willing to give furloughs to treatment facilities but
bail is not always fair and can sometimes be
substantial for the charge one is facing.
JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested. Ralph: Original arrest was felony for theft of motor
vechile. They tracked me down and found me in the
midst of drug use at the time and so they caught
me with that stuff which added to the charges. Alex: The police came to my house and raided me for
felony theft. They tried to question me but I asked
for a lawyer. I then bailed out and was arrested by
another county and missed my court date so they
issued a warrant for my arrest and revoked my bail.
I had to plea with the Judge to get released and my
bail reinstated which still has not happened.
JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall. Ralph: I plead out. I had a Public Defender. In the
courtroom I was normaly scared and nervous. When
I got the agreement I got excited because I knew
was I getting released that day but before that I
was really scared. Alex: Court was scary at first. Especially for another
felony charge. The County Attorney is very hard on
people and always goes for the most time and
highest bail. He also goes by peoples passed know
matter how long ago it was and really holds that
against them while he makes his decisions. The
Judges tend to be fair depending on which one it is
but with a good lawyer to argue your side they will
listen and be fair.
JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of? Ralph: Felony theft of motor vehicle. Alex: My original charge was felony theft over 5,000. I am
still in the court process of this.