So while she's looking for and writing to various attorneys hoping somebody helps her out who is applying for minimum wage jobs so that she can afford food and shelter ? Who's going to be working those possibly multiple because minimum wage sucks and she has a disable child to care for jobs ? Who's going to be caring for her child ? She has shit to do, she has to wake up everyday and try to get by. She doesn't have time to fight the system. When you're poor you tend to expend all your time and resources just trying to keep your head above water. Fighting the system isn't even on the radar.
The moral of this story is not that this woman should have done something different when faced with this conviction it's that she never should have been charged in the first place. She never should have met with the lawyer and went through her options. She never should have had to make the choice that did the least amount of damage to her life because she should have been free to go. This article was written not to make people think of all the things she could have done differently but to make people realize the system needs to change.