JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process: Dale: I was actually jailed and released prior to
sentencing. In court, I was granted time for the
four months I served. The pre-sentencing
process dragged on for months; I was arrested in
May of 2011, and not finally sentenced until
March of the following year. They could have
been a great deal tougher on me, and might have
been if not for my total compliance. My chief
complaint, if any, was that the process could not
have been expedited.
JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested. Dale: One night in May of 2011, I was hugely depressed
and highly inebriated. I had a knife at my own
throat. My parents called 911, hoping for
medical or mental health professionals to
arrive. Instead, two police officers kicked in
the door. I very foolishly and drunkenly made an
attempt, in my suicidal state, to get them to
kill me. I was tased twice before I let go of
the knife, and brought in for a host of charges.
JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall. Dale: Court was terrifying, if only because of the
threat of further incarceration. Some judges
have a reputation for being understanding, while
others are known as a bit more draconian. I was
fortunate to have one of the understanding ones--
again, things could have went great deal worse.
My public defender, as per the popular
stereotype, was overworked and marginally
appreciated, but did the best he could. Again,
the worst part of the process was the long time
spent wondering what would become of me as the
whole thing dragged on.
JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of? Dale: I don't recall the entire litany of charges, as
there were a handful; some were quite serious.
In the end, I was able to plea down to aggravated
assault. Hardly ideal, but better than the
harsher alternative. Once again, I believe my
full cooperation made the process markedly easier