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Interview with Dorothy

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Dorothy: I had to wait about 24 hours before I went before the judge to tell me what I was being charged with. One I went before the judge I had to wait about a week to go to court for a probation violation. The first time I went to pre- sentencing phase I was offered 2 years and I told them where they could stick it because that was ridiculous.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Dorothy: The police came to my house at 7:45 am to arrest me for an outstanding warrant for a probation violation. I was about to leave for work and they drove up and asked me what my name was and then they said they had a warrant for my arrest. That was the day that reality set in for me. I will never forget this day for the rest of my life.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Dorothy: Court was ridiculous because they chain you together like a bunch of dogs and place you into a cargo van that makes you feel really badly. I was not able to go into the courtroom until the final sentencing phase which was like 45 days later from my arrest. It would have been nice to be able to talk to my lawyer which I paid good money for without guards looking and watching over your shoulder the whole time.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Dorothy: My charge was Theft Prop>=$1,500<$20K. I was convicted of this charge.

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