JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process: Helen: I lost my unemployment at that time and there was
a warrant issued for my arrest for nonpayment of
child support. I was picked up on that warrant and
placed in corrections. I didn't have to go through
pre-sentencing. I never had to witness first hand
to any pre- sentencing. Leon: After your arrest you either get bailed out or
incarcerated. I couldn't make bail so they took
me to jail. It can take a few months to actually
be sentenced for your offense, and Warren county
in particular takes their sweet time.
JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested. Helen: I was driving home from somewhere and I was pulled
over by an officer for obstruction of view. I was
arrested and taken to Washington Police Barracks.
I was then picked up by the sheriffs department
and placed in the back of their car. The hand
cuffs were tight and it caused bruising on my
wrists and on my back from the cuffs rubbing. Leon: I was arrested after I stole some things and sold
them to a pawn shop in Hackettstown. They found
me hanging out in a Laundromat because I was
JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall. Helen: I didn't have to go through the court proceedings.
I made a phone call to my case worker and told her
that I lost my unemployment and was looking for a
job but they still issued a warrant for my arrest.
My license was suspended too and I was unaware of it. Leon: Court went pretty slow. The judge I had talked
slowly and basically took he time, but she was
JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of? Helen: My charges were non payment of child support and I
was released only after a few days in jail. Leon: My original charges were burglary, receiving
stolen property and possession of a hypodermic
needle. I had the burglary dropped but was
convicted on the last two.