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Interview with Danny

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Danny: The pre-sentencing process for me was stressful to say the least. Having the threat of looming prosecution was worse than the actual jail sentence itself. The pre-sentencing process really only consisted of speaking with my attorney. I never met with or even saw the prosecutor during the plea arrangements. I accepted a plea deal prior to sentencing, and the only formal process I was involved in was when it came time to appear before the Judge to formally accept the plea deal that my attorney and the prosecutor worked out.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Danny: No, the police did not stop by for questioning, but they did call my house. I told them to contact my attorney if that had any questions for me - which they did. My attorney advised me not to say anything to the police without him present. The Newaygo State Police Post completed their investigation without my cooperation and never once asked me any questions, however. They advised my attorney that they had a warrant out for my arrest once the case was passed on to the Prosecutors Office, and I voluntarily went in to the Newaygo State Police Post to post bond and to be fingerprinted.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Danny: Court was not bad, but I can tell you it certainly was not pleasant. For most of the appearances I was required to show for, I merely sat in a conference room with my attorney. I only had to stand before the Jundge for a a minute or two each time I appeared in court. (i.e. Arraignment, Pre- Sentencing, and Sentencing.)

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Danny: My original charges were Forgery (MCL 750.248) and Uttering and Publishing (MCL.249). This was regarding an altered document, not a financial transaction device like you typically see with these charges. I ended up being convicted of Uttering and Publishing, but my plea deal arranged that it would be for a 1 year misdemeanor instead of the typical 14 year felony.

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