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Interview with Tonya

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Tonya: Hired an attorney, Met with him on many occasions. District Court dates and Pre -trial mandatory check ins within that facility. (Dorrence St. Providence (Family Court) Then onto Superior Court in Providence for a multitude of pre-trial confrences. Ridiculous waiting game and very intense for all parties involved. Waited over a year to get sentenced.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Tonya: I was taken immediately to the East Providence Police Dept. where I stayed overnight. My crime was DUI , serious injury resulting. 1st and only offense ever in my 52 years on earth and it was horrible. Thankfully the person involved is ok now but it has sure opened my eyes to the dangers of drinking (even a little) and driving.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Tonya: It was difficult to see so many people that have made mistakes and it seemed only the ones with a lot of $$$ for a powerful attorney got a break. My case was far to elongated. Constant continuations which of course add up our court costs to an amount we will find difficult to pay off.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Tonya: Driving under the inflence Serious injury resulting

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