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Interview with Mario

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Mario: Once arrested, the offender is taken to the Payne County jail, and dropped off in the parking area behind a large garage style door. You are taken inside and sat on benches while you wait to be fingerprinted. There is a phone for use for your "one phone call" (I was the only one there, so they let me try again when the person didn't answer).

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Mario: I was arrested after I was in an automobile accident. They ran my name and I had a warrant to "failure to pay". I was arrested, then transferred to Tulsa County for holding for a few days, then a deputy sheriff picked me up and took me to Payne County Jail.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Mario: They have multiple courtrooms, from very small to very large "jury trial" style courtrooms. The Payne County Jail features arraignment over video, so you didn't even have to be transported to the courtroom from the jail. The courtroom is basically next door, but I think this is easier and less stressful for inmates and jailers.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Mario: My original charges were multiple counts of Grand Larceny and a few other minor counts. The minor counts are usually dropped upon conviction of the other more serious counts, so I was just convicted of Grad Larceny.

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