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Interview with Karl, Christine and Drew

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Karl: I got arrested, went to jail and bailed out, and then went to court, gave a dirty UA.
Christine: It was pretty long and took about a year . I did do pre trial services , which consisted of seeing a pre trial services officer who drug tests and other forms of monitoring . I went to court every month and it was usually extended because the defense or the prosecution wasn't ready . It took a lot of time and I just wanted it done with . I ended up taking a plea because I was exhausted by the time and just wanted it over with .
Drew: Was out on pretrial till I was sentenced in December. I was not required to attent all my pretrials lawyer handled all. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Karl: They came to my house and arrested me there. I had an incident on the road, dropped my daughter off, smoked a bowl of weed, and they showed up at my house then and took me to jail. I bailed out that day. When I went to court later they drug tested me and when I tested dirty they locked me up.
Christine: No the police didn't stop by . I eventually went to jail because I violated probation . I was placed on probation that was part of my sentence . I gave a dirty UA . So the judge decided to just give me my full suspended sentence in jail which was 90 days .
Drew: Got a DWI, Carless driving charge on May 5th was arrested. I was pulled over for not using signal light and i did not stop for cop and speed down Juan Tabo to try and loose the officer finally stoped near comanche, . . . . . . . .

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Karl: I went to court and it was just supposed to be a preliminary hearing. I wasn't expecting to be drug tested. One thing I realized was that my bond was still in effect, meaning I was breaking it if I was dirty. I didn't really realize that I still needed to follow the rules.
Christine: The court was exhausting . A lot of the times I didn't know what was you going on . I just listened to my lawyer and didn't say much . The questions that I did have went through my lawyer first never directly to the judge . I remember the prolonging of sentencing the most . I went over and over to court hoping this time I could get moving with my case but it never did . I was happy when it was over so I could just get on with my life . I wanted to put all of it behind me . To this day I hate going to court . Even it's for just a traffic ticket the experience of that comes to mind .
Drew: Court was long and had many continuances before trial. I was usually not required to show up intel my tyrial date all the pre trials was was not required to attend so it was nice to not allways be stressed about my case and let my attorney handle every thing

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Karl: Originally had 5-7 charges, and when it was all said and done I had 4 or 5. Original charges were assault with a deadly weapon, burglury, possession of drugs, child abuse Plead to assault with deadly weapon, possession of paraphanalia. The child abuse charges were dropped.
Christine: My original charges was DWI . I got convicted of DWI( first offense ) .
Drew: Origninal charges where Agravated DWI 3, Carless Driving Plead Guilty to regular DWI 3rd

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