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Interview with Chuck

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Chuck: My pre-sentencing process pretty much consisted of the initial arrest, spending 7 hours in booking and then a day in a cell, getting a lawyer so the courts would let me be bailed out, getting bailed out, talking to a probation officer who gave a statement to the court, my initial court date where I plead guilty, and sentencing about two months later.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Chuck: I was arrested May 2005 in Cornish, UT. I had been driving 110mph+ in a 55 on a highway a couple miles into Utah. After crossing over into Utah I saw a police officer coming up behind me with his lights on and not really thinking I turned right and kept going. Once I got to Cornish I didn't know the roads and was low on gas so I pulled into a driveway. The officer from Idaho drove by, followed by a utah officer 30 seconds later. About a minute later the Idaho officer drove by again going the opposite direction and saw me. He stopped the car, pulled out his gun, pointed it at me and told me to put my hands out the window as he walked towards my car. He took me out of the car, handcuffed me, asked me if I was drunk or high and if he could search my car. I told him I wasn't under the influence of anything and to go ahead with the search. After searching it and finding nothing he wanted to have his dog go through the car. I told him ok and once again he found nothing. Around then four officers from cache county showed up at the scene. The Idaho officer had one of them stand where I was sitting handcuffed in the grass while he talked to the others. He had the dog search my car again and then one of the utah officers put me in the back of their car and took me to booking at the cache county jail.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Chuck: I don't remember much about my first court date. I remember my lawyer joking and chatting with the prosecutor before it started, waiting for my name to be called, and pleading guilty when asked and my lawyer nodding at me.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Chuck: I can't remember all of the charges I was originally facing in Utah. I remember there were at least 5 felonies on the paper outside of the courtroom. I remember there was Evasion, Failure to Stop, Wreckless Driving, and some others. In the end I plead guilty to Wreckless Driving and Evasion (Class A Misdemeanors).

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