My story begins as I escape the violence of the crips and bloods street gangs in South Central LA and the abuse of a cocaine addicted stepfather; only to go back to Buffalo, NY and perpetuate both ills by becoming a drug dealer myself. Ironically, I became a part of what victimized my family and me in Los Angeles.
I risked it all for material gains and lived life on the edge. I wound up in prison and had to put my life back together. While incarcerated, I found the God in me that I had long buried. After 3 years, I was released back into society and tempted by my old lifestyle; but I chose a different route. Along the way, I encountered many disappointments, ups and downs, and close calls but I succeeded. This is the story of the FELON-ATTORNEY!
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About the Author
TheArthur Anthony Duncan II, Esq. is an attorney in Buffalo, New York. He was born in LosAngeles, California in 1969 to parents, TheArthur A. Duncan I and Betty Smith.However, TheArthur was primarily raised in Buffalo, New York by hisgrandparents, Reverend James V. Smith and his wife, Mary Jane. TheArthur'sgrandfather pastored his own church where, TheArthur was very active at a youngage. He attended regularly, song in the youth choir and even served as a juniordeacon. He is affectionately called Tony or Tone by close friends and family,as his father is known as Big Tony.
In grammarschool in Buffalo, TheArthur was always the smartest one in his class andtopped the honor roll every year. In 1982 when the schools were integrated inBuffalo and he was bussed to a predominately white South Buffalo neighborhoodschool, he was voted the first black 8th grade class president.TheArthur left Buffalo the following year and moved back to Los Angeles to livewith his mother and attend high school.
After graduatingfrom high school in Los Angeles and briefly attending college, TheArthur cameback to Buffalo to visit and decided to stay. Thereafter, he began to selldrugs with some childhood friends and was eventually incarcerated for 3 years.Upon his release from prison, he was able to turn his life around; hence thesubject of this book. Subsequently, TheArthur graduated from law school at age43 in 2012 and was sworn into the New York State Bar in 2013.
TheArthur is married to Latisha Duncan and has five children: Frankie, Joi, Isaiah, Laurenand Kimanie. He is also a deacon at First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church andservant leader in the church's "Boys 2 Men" mentoring ministry and marriageministry. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, travelingand writing. To God Be the Glory!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The roller coaster ride from addictive behavior to model citizen is not a smooth transition but Duncan relays his story with harsh, honest emotion and clarity. It’s not simply a book about today’s violent urban drug culture. This book is relatable to anyone that has been or has known a troubled teen, has been in an abusive relationship, or has staggered through their own transgressions. A cold, unforgiving look at how his behaviors and worldly needs took him to low depths of society, Duncan tells how believing in something stronger than himself put him on a path to a better life. A must read – for anyone that has ever been faced with life’s challenges.
I am a woman with a disability who is a student at Bucks County Community College and the only woman in my family to go to college with a goal to be a defense lawyer, and this book is an excellent book! I highly recommend this book!