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Interview with Sarah, Sandra and Lyle

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Sarah: I was being revoked due to a crime in another county. I was transported to Waukesha and went in front of the judge about 4 days after I arrived. I was revoked of 2 years with 65 days credit
Sandra: I had to wait for a few months to get to my final plea. It took multiple trips to court and a long time to get my court appointed attorney to find out what the D.A. was going to recommend. I did not find out what the sentence would be ahead of time.
Lyle: I waived my preliminary hearing, knowing I was guilty, to hurry up the proceedings. Basically, I went to court, on the dates assigned, then just got another court date assigned for sentencing. Appeared at all dates and was convicted within ninety days of the original arrest. I got five years total.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Sarah: revoked
Sandra: I was arrested after making an illegal u turn. I was given a field sobriety breath test which I failed. I also was asked to perform field sobriety tests which I also failed. I was then arrested and took to the local police station in Elm Grove. Later I transferred to county jail.
Lyle: The police did not stop by my house for questioning. I remained incarcerated from the time of arrest until sentencing. I did not want to spend anyone else's money for bail. All questions were answered at the time of arrest, and in court, or with my public defender during appointments.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Sarah: Just me the lawyers and the judge
Sandra: Court was a pretty small room attached to or in the basement of the jail itself. It looked unlike any other courtroom I had seen. I think it was just for jail inmates because it was sparsely filled with furniture. There was only one defendant allowed in at a time.
Lyle: Court was simple and efficient. I was in hand cuffs and leg chains, escorted by the police, in an orange jump suit style jail uniform. I let the public defender plead my case, and only spoke when the judge directly asked me questions. Then I answered honestly and very humbly.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Sarah: Party to a crime uttering convicted of party to a crime uttering
Sandra: Final charge was OWI. Other charges were dropped.
Lyle: Operating under the influence sixth offense.

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