JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process: Sparkie: I got a dwi Craig: Went to court for driving on the suspended list
for a DWI. The judge gave me ten days in MCCI and
several fines. After sentencing they took me
directly to jail from court. Allison: While incarcerated I applied for the M.C. Drug
Court program with my public defender. Went thru
application process and was accepted. I spent 4
months in MCCI. Information was scarce and I
relied alot on word of mouth from other inmates.
Court procedures took a long time from 1 to the
next and unless you have a private/paid lawyer-
you know nothing.
JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested. Sparkie: got caught on a dwi Craig: I didn't get arrested when I got caught driving
on the suspended list, he issued me a ticket with
a court date and let me drive home. Allison: I was arrested by M.C. Sheriff Officers at my
Manalapan, NJ home. They came completely unexpected.
The sherrif's were very nice and professiional. They
did not really ask questions but were at my home for
my arrest only. They were proffessional and nice to
my family as well. no complaints
JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall. Sparkie: Pretty much I had to plead guilty as I was and
the judge sentenced me to 3monyhs jail 3 months
rehab Craig: Court was straight forward, I showed up at 9am
with my lawyer, they called my name after an hour
or so, my lawyer did most of the talking. I
pleaded guilty to driving on the suspended list.
He gave me the minimum penalty which was ten days
in jail approx. a thousand dollars in fines and
one year loss of license. After he read the
penalties an officer took me off to jail. Allison: Normal court procedures. I was transported from
MCCI, in uniform and handcuffs with others.Court,
in between appearences, took a very long time and
there was no one to contact for additional
information in between. My family was allowed in
the court room during my appearences although
there was contact allowed.
JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of? Sparkie: DWI and convicted of DWI and driving on rev
oked list Craig: My original charge was DWI. That's what I plead
guilty to My license was suspended for 3 months
and I was fined about $750.00 in fines. The
second charge was driving on the suspended list.
I got caught driving two weeks after my licence
was suspended. Allison: Original charges were Prescription Fraud and
Uttering. I was charged with same. There,
unfortunately, were many indictements.