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Interview with Matthew

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Matthew: During the presentencing process, I was not incarcerated. The Judge did a presentence investigation. During this time,I was out on bond. The Judge took into consideration mental health issues as well as my past record to decide the sentence I was going to receive. He also listened to the plaintiff's requests.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Matthew: There was a warrant put out on me for violating an Order of Protection because I called my ex- wife to talk to her about my visitation with my children. We got into an argument about the visitation so she called the police to say I violated her Order of Protection by calling her. The Police pulled me over in Bartlett, Illinois after running my license plate number and finding out I had the warrant. I ran from the police in a high speed chase through 4 different cities before they flattened my tires with spike sticks. I ran from them because I was in posession of Crack Cocaine.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Matthew: Going to Domestic court in Kane County is very bad. The judge arranges for all cases to be heard on the same day. Sometimes on court day there was no room to sit or stand in the courtroom. I had a public defender and every time I went to court on my case, I would have a new person taking my case. The new public defender would have no idea of my case and most times he/she would just be asking for continuances.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Matthew: In Kane County, my original charge was Violation of an Order of Protection by Phone Harassment. That was also the charge I plead guilty to.

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