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Interview with Ron, Amber and Debra

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Ron: The cops came to my ask and asked me a few questions. I had already talked to a lawyer so I didn't tell them anything. A couple of weeks later I received a letter in the mail telling me about a court date. The case kept being continued by my attorney and the prosecutor so it was about six months before finally pleading guilty and being sentenced.
Amber: I missed my pre-sentencing court date that I was supposed to go to so I do dont know what they or didnt do with that. I know from watching them when ive had my court date all they do is asign you a lawyer and then you get another court date
Debra: I got sentenced to prison for two years from my last charge for possession of spice after my last charge of possession of meth. I completed the family drug court graduated. 13 days after graduation I got sentenced for two years after having possession of spice. The judge that I have seen for 10 years sentenced me for two years after that.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Ron: Yes - see above. I was never really "arrested" but was taken into custody after my last court appearance.
Amber: since I Missed my court i had a warrant out for my arrest , one night when I was getting for bed I heard a knock on my door and there was the cops and they arrested me. AT first I scared but then I realized that I was the one that missed my court date.
Debra: Orem Police showed up to my house looking for a felon that was at my house, arrested him and left. Then they searched my house. When I originally got sentenced it was for possession of spice that they found when my PO searched my purse outside the jail that was inside my car.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Ron: Honestly it was so horrible I don't really recall anything. I thing I've suppressed it. I do remember that I dressed pretty nice (wore a suit) and I think that was a bad move. You should dress more casual but in a button-up or something. If you are perceived as being overprivileged by the judge or the over the other inmates in the court room it can create problems for you down the road.
Amber: the first time I had court, I met with my lawyer for like 5 minutes and then went in front of the judge and he said that my case was going to go until the next week.then they brought my down into the holding cell for what seemed like a hour, but it was probably like a half hour. the second time I was in court I was relesed.
Debra: Court was nerve-wracking. No one thought I would be sentenced to prison with just a spice charge. My public defender tried to fight it. They had no way to test it, but just because they found it. They tested it and out of 130 ingredients, 2 of them are illegal in Utah, and that is what sentenced me.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Amber: I was charged wit felonies, but I got misdemonies
Debra: Possession of Meth and Possession of Spice. I got charged for Class A, and Class B.

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