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Females who were convicted in court

This poll is focused on the expiriances of girls and women, who at some point had to appear in court, and who were found guilty and / or convicted. This poll is for FEMALES ONLY !
-- How many times, so far, you were found guilty or convicted in court ?
Just once
I had to appear at court on more then one occasion, but I was found guilty just once
Twice so far
Three times
Over three times
I appeared in court while I was in my home country
I appeared in court while I was abroad
-- How old were you, when you were convicted for the FIRST or ONLY time ?
I was between 15 and 18
19 and 21
22 and 24
25 and 27
28 and 30
31 and 33
34 and 36
38 and 40
41 and 43
44 and 46
47 and 49
Over 50
-- If you were convicted in court more then once, how old were you when it happened for the LAST time ?
I was betweem 15 and 18
19 amd 21
22 and 24
25 and 27
28 and 30
31 and 33
34 amd 36
37 and 39
40 and 42
43 amd 45
46 and 48
49 and 50
Over 50
-- What was the reason or the offense you were accused of, behind your conviction ? ( if the specific offense is not listed, then please select the cloisest one(s), or you can explain in the last option )
Theft or burglary
Car theft
Shoplifting
Robbery
Armed robbery
Traspassing at a state property or a restricted area
Traspassing on a private property
Embazelmant
Tax evasion
Credit card or bank checks misuse
Other finance pr buisniss related offenses
Internet related offenses
Smuggling
Possesion and destribution of drugs
Possesion and destribution of firearms or other dangerous materials
Prostitution
Illegal or unappropriate production and destribution of pornography
Human trafficking
Assult
Participation in large scale browls or riots
Participation in an unapproved public protest
Participation in organizations or events considered illegal or undesirable
Public desorder or unapropriate behavior
Destruction of public pr private property
Domestic desturbance or abuse
Technically I was detained and / or convicted on other issues, but I strongly suspect the real reason were my political or social views
Driving under influence ( drunk driving )
Other traffic related offenses ( speeding, crossing red light, inproper parking etc.)
Offenses related to immigration and travel abroad
I am not sure what the specific reason, or my offense was
My situation was more complicated then any of the options
I was convicted based on other reasons or offenses, much different then any of the options, you can explain if you wish
-- Did you feel responsible for the offense or the situation you were accised of, or you consider yourself wrongly accised ?
No, I was not involved or responsible in any way, and I knew this for a fact
No, I was not involved or responsible in any way, but at the time i was not aware / fully aware of this
I had some involvmant or responsibility, and i was fully aware of this
I had some involvemant or responsibility, but at the time i was not aware / fully aware of this
I was fully or mostly responsible for the offense I was accused of, and I was fully aware of this
I was fully or mostly responsible for the offense i was accused of, but at the time I was not aware or fully aware of this
My situation was much different or more complicated then any of the options, so I cant give a simple answer ( you can explain if you wish )
-- What , if any, if the following is true for your case ? ( please select the closest if the specific situation is not listed )
I was taken to court by the police, after I was arrested, and was held detained for a few hours
I was taken to court by the police, after I was arrested, and after I was detained in a police jail for at least 24 hours or longer
I was already serving time in prison when I had to appear in court
After I was arrested, and held for a few hours in police castody, I was released with the obligation to appear in court at a later date
After I was arrested and held in a police jail for at least 24 hours, or longer, I was released with the obligation to appear in court at a later date
I was detained by security guards for a while, then I was released with the obligation to appear in court at a later date
On at least one occasion I had to be escorted to court , after I skipped appearing at the set date
i recived a lettter of notice, asking me to appear in court at a specific date
I went to court on my own inniciative, to chalange a previos court rulling or a decision made by a state authority ( or simular )
My situation was much different or more complicated then any of the options ( you can explain if you wish )
-- What of the following is true, for the time when you were taken and you appeared in court ?
I did not have a lawyer or representative , beacouse one was not needed
I had to represent myself
i insisted on representing myself, even though a lawyer was avelible for me
I asked for the state to provide a lawyer for me
I hired and paid for a lawyer
I pleaded guilty
I pleaded not guilty
I pleaded not guilty, despite the advice of my representative to do otherwise
I made sure I am dressed appropriatelly and modestly, so to make a good impression on the judge
I was dressed in a prison uniform when I appeared in court
I was handcuffed while I was transported to court
I had leg irons on while I was transported to court
The restraints were taken off, before the court proceedings or the trial started
I remained handcuffed for most, or all of the time of my court appeirance or trial
I remained in leg irons for most or all of the time of my court appeirance or trial
I was transported restrained, specifically when i was taken to court for my sentencing
I was immidiately handcuffed , after I was found guilty and / or convicted
I was handcuffed later, after i left the court room ( or simular )
i was immidiately handcuffed, after my sentence was announced
The restraints ( regardless of when and where they were used ) did not bother me much
The restraints wernt going to bother me that much, if some of my friends or relatives were not there to observe
I was bothered lot more by the physical descomfort, then for what people might think or how I look
I was shocked when I realized I am going to appear in court in restraints
In my openion, restraints shoud not be used on woman (of any age ) , when they appear in coart, unless it is relly necessery
In my openion, teen girls and young women shoud not be placed in restraints when they appear in court
In my openion, women have to be treated same as men, if men are in restraints when appearing in court, then women should also be
-- Who, if any, of the following individuals were present at your court appeirance or trial, and how did you feel about it ?
Nobody was present, aside court officials or employees and / or my lawyer
There were some individuals who observed the proceedings, but i did not know any of them
Some of my friends, or people I know , were present
My mother was there
My father was there
My sister(s) were there
My brother(s) were there
My best friend(s) were there
My boyfriend / husband
Some of my other relatives
I was very glad, nobody I know was present
I was glad, the individuals I indicated were there, I needed their support at those times
i was ok with their presence, and appriciated their support, but perhaps it was going to be better if some or all of them were not there
I was glad some were present, but I wished some of the others were not there to see my humiliation
I was glad for their presence during the court proceedings or the trial, but I really wished, none of them was there when I was found guilty or sentenced
I really wished, none of them was present beacouse i didnt want them to see my humiliation
-- What kind of emotions did you feel, and how you behaved during the court proceedings or trial ?
Mostly neutral
A bit nervous
Very nervous
Concerned about the outcome
Concerned, not so much for myself, as for what the poeple I care about are going thru beacouse of me
I was in shock and desbeleaf, of what is happening to me
I kept telling myself, this is some sort of nightmare
A bit embaressed
Embaressed and humiliated
I was so ashamed, I wished I could die there and then
I was afraid
Very afraid
I was annoyed and irritated
Angry, mostly at myself
Angry, at someone else who got me into this
Angry at the systemas a whole
I was sad
Dessapointed in myself
Dessapointed in someone else
Defiant, combative or agressive
Desrespectful towards the court
I tried to be very polite and respectful
I cried most of the time / often
I felt like crying, but somehow remained strong
I tried to remain strong and composed, not so much for myself as for the people i care about who were present
-- What did you expect the outcome of your court appeirance or trial to be ?
I really didnt know
I didnt know and I dared not think of the consequencies
I really didnt care that much
I didnt know, but i suspected i am going to be found guilty or be convicted
I didnt really know, but the situation seemed to me as if i am going to be released or face only minor consequencies
I had little doubt, I am going to be found guilty / convicted, but I had no idea what the consequencies would be
I had little doubt, I am going to be found gulty, and i am going to face some serious consequencies
I expected to be found guilty / convicted, but I did not expect a particulary serios consequencies
I expected to be released, or to face only minor consequencies
My expectations were of a different nature then any of the options ( you can explain if you wish )
-- If you expected to be found guilty or be convicted, was any of the following your main reason to think so ?
I commited an offense and i confessed to it
I commited an offense, and while I did not directly confess to it, I knew ( or suspected ) there is enough evidence to proove my responsibility
While I did not commit an offense directly, I was still involved in some way, and i expected to face consequencies
I was wrongly accused, but i had no way to proove this
I was tricked into giving a false confession or saying some things I should not have
I was preasured by the police ( or some other authority ) into giving a false confession, or saying things which can implicate me
I gave a false confession, or otherwise took the blame on myself, so to protect someone else for whom I care about
I just didnt have much faith in our justice system
I did not expect to get a fair hearing or trial, mostly due to my race or etnicity
I had my reasons to expect a negative outcome, but they were different then any of the options
-- What were you sentenced to, or what were the consequencies you faced ?
I was fined
I was fined heavily
My driving licence was suspended ( or simular related to traffic )
I was ordered to make some paymants to another individual or company, which i previosly refused to do
I was ordered to attend cancieling
I was ordered to attend a rehabilitation institution ( I could still live at home )
I was admited to , and held into a rehabilitation institution
I was ordered to seek tretmant in a psychiatric institution ( I could still live at home )
I was admited to, and held into a psychiatric institution
I was expalled from the country, and / or was banned from comming back
I was given probation
I was given community service
I was placed under house detention
I had to serve time in a juvenile detantion facility
I had to serve time in a low security open type of detention / penal institution ( or other simular facility )
I had to serve time in a local jail
I had to serve time in a medium security prison ( or other kind of an averige prison )
I had to serve time in a higher or maximum, security prison
I indeed had to serve some time in prison, but I am not sure what level of security they considered it to be
I had to serve time in some other type of prison or detention institution ( you can explain if you wish )
I was convicted, but the consequencies I faced were different then any of the given options ( you can explain if you wish )
-- In your openion, was the punishmant you indicated in the above question, lesser then what you expected, adequate, or you think it was harsher then necessery ?
While technically, what i was sentenced to was light, I still think it was harsh considering i was wrongly accused, and i was paying the price for something i did not do
I hoped to be desmissed / released ouright, this did not happen, yet i was releaved that i got off lightly
Yes, I think the punishmant I got was much lighter then what i feared it would be
The punishmant I got was not as bad, as I feared, but I still think I could have gotten away far more lightly if the judge was willing to consider it
Under the circamstances, I think i got off relatively lightly
I think what I got was more or less adequate, though I bellive there was the possibility for a lesser punishmant if they were willing to consider it
I think, the punishmant i got was adequate
At the time i considered my punishmant to be to much or to harsh, but now i think it was more or less adequate
I think what I got was generally adequate, I just dont agree with some of its aspects or the ammount
My punishmant was indeed harsh, yet given my serios offense i still think it was more or less adequate
I consider it harsher then necessery, given my offense was relatively minor
Yes, i consider what i was sentenced to as much worse then necessery
My openion is much different then any of the options ( you can explain if you wish )
-- How did you feel, and how did you react, when you were found gilty and / or sentenced ?
I dont recall clearly, this was a long time ago, but I dont think I had much of a reaction
I dont recall clearly, this was a long time ago, but i am sure I was not happy
I didnt feel much of anything
I expected this outcome so i did not have much of a reaction
I was releaved / happy, beacouse the consequencies were much lesser then I feared
I was unpleasantly suprised, but i was not shocked or anything
I was very despleased
I was shocked
I was beyond shocked
I became a bit embarresed, but I could handle it
I became ashamed
i was humiliated
I was humiliated beyond words
I could not bellive in what is happening
I hoped this is some sort of nightmare
I became fearful
I was terrified
I became sad
i became sorry and sad, more for the people I care about rather then for myself
I was worried about what the poeple I care about are going to think about me after this ) or simular )
While I expirianced some emotions, outwardly I desplayed little reaction
I acted submissively, politely , and I was appologetic
I became visibly happy and releaved that the outcome was better then i expected ( or simular )
I tried my best to remain strong and degnified, but i failed, and started to cry
I think I remained degnified enough, even though it was not pleasent and I was ashamed
I siprised myself with how little emotions I had or how little I reacted
I suprised myself with how fearful or ashamed I became, I thought i am stronger then this
I cried and pleaded
I just cried, knowing that pleading is useless
I fainted
I thought i am about to faint
I became angry and I argued
i was not agressive, but I was despleased and i made that clear
I became angry and agressive, and had to be restrained
My emotions or reactions were different then any of the options ( explain if you wish )
-- If you were given community service, please select everything of the following which applies to your case.
Please specify for how long you had to do the community service
I did the community service while I served time in jail
The community service was related, or part of my probation period ( or simular )
I had to work for only three or four hours a day
I had to work for eight hours a day
I had to work for more then eight hours ( please specify how many )
The ammount of time I had to work was not set strictly, if I finished sooner I was alowed to leave ( ot simular )
The ammount of time was strictly observed, if I finished sooner, they gave me a different chore to do ( or simular )
I ussualy worked alone
I ussualy worked alongside other individuals, most of all or all of whom also did community service
Most of the other individuals i worked along with were regular workers
At least on occasion I worked in a chaingang
As far as I know, I was never guarded in any way while i worked
I was not guarded but i had to wear a tracking device
There was a specific person who was in charge, and who made sure i work properly
There were hired security guards who were guarding us or were there to maintain order ( or simular )
A police officer made occasional visits to make sure everything is in order
I was guarded by prison guards
I came and went to the location where i worked, on my own
I was taken there by a specific appointed person
I was taken to the place where I had to work by a police officer
I was taken to the place where I had to work by a special transport
I was handcuffed while I was transported to and from the place where I had to work
i had leg irons on, while I was transported to and from the place where I had to work
Most or all of the time I was in leg irons while I worked
I wore normal clothes, but I had to wear markings, identifying me as someone who is doing a community service ( or simular )
I had to wear work uniform or some safety gear
I was in a prison uniform while I worked
-- What sort of work you had to do, and how did you feel about it ?
Cleaning the streets or other public spaces
Collecting the trash
Cleaning public toalets
Cleaning or hygene work in public or or private buldings
Maintenence of the public parks or greenery
Shoveling and clearing snow
Loading or unloading cargo, or other related work in a wearhouse
I was helping out, or did some simpler work at a construction site
I had to do physical work, or other support tasks at a road bulding project
Washing dishes or other kitchen work
Farm work, or work related to agriculture
Factory work, or other work where I took part in a production process
I had to do some other kind pf physical work ( please specify )
I had to do office work, or other not particulary physical work
I was given some other chores, not related to any of the options ( please specify )
I considered the work i had to do to be easy
The work was easy but also boring
Relatively hard, but I could handle it
The work was hard
It was a backbreaking work for me
In my openion, the work I had to do was to difficult, or otherwise not adequate for a woman
I think they gave me easier chores to do beacouse I am a woman
I hoped they are going to give me something easy to do beacouse i am a woman, but this did not happen
I had to work in a relatively mild weather conditions
I had to work in cold weather
I worked in very cold weather
I worked during the summer, but not in the mid afternoon heat
I worked in hot weather, including the hottest times of the day
I still had to work even if it rained
The weather conditions contributed considerably in making the work hard
I was not embaressed much ( or any ) by the work I had to do
While the work was a bit embaressing, I was very thankful to be given the community service instead of serving time in jail ( or simular )
I was embarresed, but I could handle it, or kept telling myself it could have been worse
At first i was ashamed and humiliated, but later on I got used to the situation and this subsided
Extremly humiliated
-- If you had to serve time in prison, how were you transported there, and how did you feel while going to the prison and on arrival ?
I was immidiately transfered to the prison, after I was sentenced
I was placed in another detention facility for a short while, before I was transfered to the facility where i had to serve
I was allowed to go home after I was sentenced, with the obligation to report to the detention facility at a set date
The timing for my transfer to the prison was organized in some different way
I was transported by a prison bus or van
I was transported by a prison bus or van
I went there on my own or was taken there by someone I know
Though I didnt like what is happening, I wasnt feeling much of anything while i was taken to prison
I was a bit nervous, but given the situation, I suprised myself of how calm I was
I think I was still in to much shock, to have any real emotion
Very nervous
i was a bit afraid
Very afraid
Terrified
I was extremly embarresed and humiliated
I was sad and sorry for myself
I was mostly sad and regretful, for putting the people I care for thru this
I hated myself
I cried openly
I did my best to hold back the tears, not wanting to embaress myself even more
I hated someone else, who I considered responsible for my situation
I was generally angry and irritated
I suprised myself by how nervous and afraid I become, I considered myself much tougher then that
-- Please select everything applaying to your case, if you had to serve time in prison ( or another related institution ).
Please specify the ammount of time you had to serve
I was in a single individual cell
I shared the cell with another inmate
I shared my cell with two other inmates
I shared my cell with three or more other inmates
There were no classic cells, the housing, was organized in some other way ( you can describe if you wish )
The showers provided enough privacy for each inmate
There was some privacy in the showers, but it could have been better
We had to take the showers in full view of eachother
The poor privacy in the showers did not bother me to much
The poor privacy in the showers bothered me considerably
I was bothered more by the intrussion of guards while we showered, then by the presence of other inmates
As part of the sentence I had to spend sime time in the sollitary confinmant ( or other non standard cells) ( you can specify the exact ammount of time you spend in sollitary, and how the cell looked like )
The prison organized educational or job training activities which I attended
The prison organized educational or job training activities, i avoided them or did not attend them at all
Attending the training activities was mandatory
The prison had religios servicies, which i ussualy attended
I avoided or ignored the religios activities the prison organized
Attending the religios activities was mandatory
Most of the prison stuff behaved adequately and professionally
The behavior of the prison stuff was generally acceptible, but they could have been lot more professional
Many of the prison stuff were very unprofessional, if not down right crual
I can easily describe some of the prison stuff as sadists
On at least one occasion, I was asked to provide sex in return for some privileges or items i needed ( you can specify if you accepted or not )
Lots of the prison stuff were male
I had little or no problem that the prison had male guards or stuff
The fact there are male guards was a problem for me
I had to wear a prison uniform
I was in my own clothes, but i had to wear a prison issued overcoat or jacket
I had my own clothes on, but I had to wear prison markings
I was in handcuffs when I was first brought to the prison
I was in leg irons when I was first brought to prison
I was stripsearhed, as part of the intake procedure
I was stripsearched on at least one occasion while I served the time ( other then the stripsearch on arrival )
On at least one occasion my cell was searched
I was in leg irons, often, or most of the time when I was out of my cell
I was in handcuffs often, or most of the time when i was out of my cell
There were occasions when i was in handcuffs or leg irons while i was outside my cell, but this was rare
I was in restraints while I was in the prison infermary, or when taken to hospital
I was in handcuffs when i was brought in to see a visitor
On at least one occasion I was handcuffed / restrained to an object ( chair, shackled to a wall, prison bars etc.) ( you can specify if you wish )
-- If you had to endure any punishmants while in prison, what form did they take, and what was the reason for the punishmant(s) ?
I was placed in a sollitary confinmant for a a few days
I was placed in a sollitary confinmant for a longer time ( few weeks or longer )
I was in restraints part of the time while I was in sollitary confinmant ( please explain )
I had to spend some time, in another type of a punishmant cell or location ( you can explain if you wish )
I was placed in uncomfortable restraints, or restrained to en object
I was physically punished ( please explain )
I was given more work, or more difficult work to do
I was banned from working
My visitation privileges were reduced or taken away
I was not allowed to use the phone or send letters for a while
I was transfered in a less desirable part of the prison, or another prison
Some of my other privileges were reduced or taken away
I was given additional time to serve
I was punished in some other way ( please explain )
I was punished for failing to follow some of the prison rules
i worked poorly or refused to work ) or simular )
I refused to follow direct orders of a prison employee
I was in a fight with another inmate
I verbally assulted a prison employee
I physically assulted a prison employee
Drugs or other forbidden items were found on me or in my cell
i made an escape attempt
The reason(s) for my punishmant(s) were of different nature ( you can explain if you wish )
-- Did you serve your entire time in prison, or you were released early ?
I served the entire sentence
I served the entire sentence, but in different prisons or detention institutions
I served part of the time in prison, then i was transfered to a much lower security facility
I was released early, on parole
I was released early for good behavior ( or simular )
I was released early for medical reasons
I was released early, after it was determined i was wrongly convicted
i was released early for a different reason
-- Thank you for the participation. If you have something to add, or you want to describe the events around your conviction in your own words, then please do so here.
This poll was created on 2016-05-12 19:30:21 by whipigorus