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Interview with Todd and Antwon

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Todd: it is usually a long drawn out process that could take weeks even months in some instances what usually happens some people get "lost in the system" and they dont get to court as fast as they should
Antwon: The whole situation started in November of 2010 when I was doing some freelance IT work for a small bodyshop in Prichard,AL.I provided my services of networking and purchasing computers for the client and half way through my working with him I noticed that he was dishonest and cheated a lot of his customers because I had access to all the computer files that I needed to transfer and he even admitted to me of the schemes that he was doing. Well to make a long story short the client decided that he wasnt going to pay me after all the time and money I had invested in getting his business running so I held on to a previous check he gave me to get a part earlier in the process and I charged him every cent that I had invested.He told the police that he didnt authorize it so in order to get his money back the bank said he had to put out a warrant.So basically the bank provided him with his money back and all the work I did he got to keep.But karma is a bitch because I along with his previous employees provided fraudulent information to the IRS which they seized everything and closed his business.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Todd: no
Antwon: A detective came to my house but I wasnt home so he left a card on my door telling me to call him for questioning at the headquarters and turn myself in.This was in the middle of January of 2011.I went to the Mobile Police Headquarters to give my version of the story where I was then arrested because the detective said I should have got a lawyer since he didnt "authorize" the check.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Todd: i was already in jail whenever i went to court and they transport you to the jail in a steel enclosure inside a van then you had to sit in a holding space for up to four hours waiting on your turn to see the judge
Antwon: I hired a great lawyer when I bonded out of jail a few days later and told him what happend.My court date was like in Feb. or March or 2011. The case was thrown out in DC so I thought the situation was over with until I got pulled over 10 months later for not having on my seatbelt in my neighborhood and when the officer ran my license he said I had a warrant for missing court.I was in shock because I had no idea what I missed court on until I haad to sit in jail for months because I couldnt get a bond because I missed court unknowingly because I didnt stay at the same address at the time the original situation took place.I ended up getting a great court appointed lawyer,Zachery Moore, who called the plaintiff and knew that something wasnt right about his claims.My lawyer knew that I didnt belong in jail but the state of Alabama's goal is to convict and get as much money as possible out of people.After sitting in jail for months I had no money to continue to keep paying for lawyers and keep going back and forth to court so I just pleaded guilty just to get it over with and get out of jail without having to go through a trial and all of the headache.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Antwon: My original charge was Theft of property and I was convicted of Theft of Property.(Which was my own property by the way)

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