JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process: Freya: arrested for DUI, bailed out by friend, given
arraignment date, pled not guilty (did not have
to appear), given court date 4 months later. Jen: Pre-sentencing took a little over a year, and 5
seperate court dates. Cathy: I was out on bail until my sentencing hearing.
JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested. Freya: not Jen: Yes-several times. Cathy: I self-surrendered to the police, was officially
arrested, had the mug shot taken and was
JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall. Freya: I dressed up in a suit and tie, got there 20
minutes early, and my lawyer met with me and
then with the prosecutor. They produced a plea
bargain which I thought was fair and acceptable
because of my lawyer's skill and knowledge of my
case and what I had done to help myself by going
to a 28 day program and AA meetings. When in the
courtroom, I always addressed the judge as "your
Honor", as my lawyer suggested. The judge
reluctantly agreed with the sentence that had
been worked out with the prosecutor. Jen: Had public defender-was told I would probably
get a suspended sentence due to low level of
crime-Judge said she was going to make an
example out of me and gave me 6 months in jail
w/ 2 years probation. Cathy: I had multiple status hearings over 4 years.
Sentencing hearing was stressful and scary as it
wasn't a given that the judge was going to
accept the plea deal on the table, which was
VERY lenient considering the charges.
JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of? Cathy: 4 counts of Class A felony theft. I pled guilty
to 1 count of felony theft and had the rest
suspended for 10 years.