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