It can be adjourned as often as the court will permit adjournments. There are concepts of speedy trial that can inure to the defendant's benefit but more often it is the defense that is requesting the adjournments so Speedy trial is not implicated.
If Immigration holds you up for the year, you can go back to court and ask the judge to cut the time of the conditional discharge so that it is for less time. It is done all the time. Your lawyer in the criminal case can do it or you can hire someone or speak to the legal aid society about filing the motion on your behalf.
It is a misdemeanor and it is a crime. Because of his age he will get youthful offender status unless the case is dropped to a violation (usually disorderly conduct) or is Adjourned in Contemplation of Dismissal or is outright dismissed by the prosecution,.
With that said, YES your son needs a lawyer at the court house. If you cannot afford one the court must assign one unless the court states that there is no way it will put your son in jail.
If you can afford a lawyer, I would get one...
Unless Westchester has some kind of rule I am unaware of, most of that is just wrong.
When you are "arrested" (or given an appearance ticket) for shop lifting, you face a judge who may very well want you to be fingerprinted and photographed. That judge will also advise you of the charges, appoint you counsel if you cannot afford it and set bail.
If bail is set (and it might be as 500 is a lot to steal even at Sephora) you will be held in the Westchester County Jail unless you can post...
She is facing up to two years at Rikers and he is facing a potential federal prosecution for the counterfeited bills with a potential for 20 years and state charges for violent C felonies or B Violent Felonies which carry up to 15 and 25 years respectively.
In short, these two people are in a lot of trouble. Sounds like they need some anger management too.
He will be sent to a "Reception Center" more than likely Fishkill CC for processing. There he will have a series of options and they will determine where they think he is most appropriately housed. If he does not like the finding, he can seek reassignment. He appeals to the commisioner. His counselor will have information on how to go about that appeal. He will get a copy of the prisoner's rights handbook.
If you are concerned about him, and it appears you are, you would be well served to...
He cannot be deported for taking a plea to a misdemeanor DWI assuming he has a valid green card. HE should really look though at how such a conviction will effect his ability to earn a living and what if anything can be done to win his case. Too many people plead guilty to DWI charges when in fact their cases are wins at trial.
As for Immigration, he will have to wait 5 years after he has completed his probation if he gets any before applying for citizenship. To help speed his life along, he...