Thanks for your answers but I'm still a little confused. Because I’m writing a book, I need to be able to write a description of what he’s going through. (Therefore, the “additional factors” you gave me were great! That’s kind of more what I’m looking for, however concerning court instead of jail :))
I must keep replying until I get just what I am able to use for my book. Hope that’s ok. So to clarify:
1. Just wondering...were the answers you gave me specific to Hawaii?
2.How many people are in the cell with him? What do they sleep on?
3.If he had the initial hearing, charges read etc, and bail is set then too?…does that happen at the jailhouse, where his dad picks him up? Or would he go back and forth from the jail to the courthouse?
4. His dad is pretty rich…would he still need a bondsman? I can have the bail set at lower end…
5. At these hearings where the prosecutor and DA talk…who is the prosecutor? Is it another lawyer? Is the judge present at each hearing? And is my character at each of these meetings? (These are the meetings he sit in the pew right?)
6. Ok…so if at one of the hearing, the prosecutor and DA agree that he gets 3 months rehab plus two year probation instead of jail time. Is there a judge right then and there that can give the sentence? Can he leave for rehab right after?
7. Also, so I can write the dialogue, what would the judge SAY for the sentencing and dismissal?
Sorry…I wish I was less confused by all this haha. Thanks again for any help C
(As you can see...i didnt know what to say or how court ends haha....I might go watch a courtcase if I can, but still any help you could give to add to that paragraph would be great)
Sorry for the delay in writing back but I thought I would work on the scene and send you a clip of it. Just a rough draft, but if you could please just tell me what you think I should add or remove, and then I'll be done all my research. This book has taken years to write. :) Now just a quick edit and FINISHED! (I'm not worried about people seeing...it's copyrighted. Plus maybe someone will be interested in reading the whole thing haha. FREE PLUG: Liquid Comfort - A Surf Story....haha)Thanks again....Cheryl
....So that's it, really. Funny how much research you have to do for one little scene.I was wondering though (about the highlight part above) Should there be anything else after "The DA responded"...like telling her the plea...sliding papers towards the judge? What would the DA's actions be there?Thanks again. I'll await your answer so I can "accept" it haha.Also if you'd be interested in having me "acknowledge your help" in the front of the book, send me your info XXXXX@XXXXXX.XXX. It would just be a quick mention, (and it's not like I'm a big time author or anything haha) but I'd love to add you!Cheryl
This is what I mean:
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HAHA...thanks. This is what I put. (Pretty much a couple of yours, so thanks for writing part of my book for me haha)
So who told the judge the plea?...it just seemed to me that she asked the DA if there was a plea and he said yes...but then she just knew what to sentence him. That's why I asked if there was more. Did she read it?
OK thanks..how about:
“Plea accepted.” With pursed lips, the stern faced woman shuffled some papers on the bench. Up close, her eyebrows were even hairier. "This state supports and accepts this plea deal and hereby sentences you to a two thousand dollar fine and two years probation, with conditions to abstain from non-prescription drugs and three months in rehab as part of the sentence.”
Devin swallowed the lump in his throat, and Paul informed him he was free to go, That was it? He exhaled. It was over. He wasn’t going to jail.
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