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Interview with Anne

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Anne: Well, initially, basically I was picked up, it was for driving on a suspended license, so when they took me in, when I was put into the county jail, from actually getting to the court, it took about 8 hours. Most of the time, I was put into different cells where they periodically call your name and transfer you to a different cell. Any person with an offense, whether it's a minor offense or a major offense, they get put into the general holding room. It took about eight hours, I think.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Anne: No, I was basically pulled over for having a brake light out, and then obviously when they checked my driver's license, they realized that my license was suspended from a previous DUI charge, plus I think I had an outstanding speeding ticket I had not paid, so at that point, they arrested me and took me to jail.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Anne: It was alright, very very long! that took about 7 or 8 hours because I was put into several different holding rooms. The court and ever holding cells were really overcrowded. I thought that my sentencing, now that I have had time to think about it rationally, was the right thing. I made a mistake and they made me pay for it, which is the way most people should do. My attorney was decent, listened to what I had to say and was very good at negotiating my situation with the courts. I was explained thoroughly my past and now present charges, what they meant and what I would have to do as far as a conviction was concerned.

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