I've had clients get several years in jail for a few burglaries and I've had them get house arrest for multiple burglaries.
What he will actually be offered in return for a plea or receive after losing at trial is impossible to predict without a lot more information.
This is another good example of how important it is to restrain one's self from giving statements.
The maximum sentence for burglary of a home in Pennsylvania is 10-20 years. If he was working with others, he could be charged...
I'm concerned that you use the word "marshalls". That suggests the Feds are involved. If so, it's potentially a much bigger deal. In any case, hindering apprehension or obstructing justice will be difficult to prove if she or her husband don't help them. So, no statements until you hire an attorney!
A waiver trial is when a judge decides guilt instead of a jury. In misdemeanor and felony cases, a defendant has an absolute right to a jury trial. A waiver trial can only happen if the prosecution and defendant waive their rights to a jury trial. The judge is still bound by the same burden of proof as a jury.
There are many factors to consider when deciding between a judge and a jury as factfinder. It is among the most important decisions one might make when charged with a crime.
You should consult a local attorney. There are diversion programs which vary by county but all generally require that you take a class, and may require license suspension or a short period of probation. The advantage to them is that they generally result in no criminal conviction, and an expungement of your record. There may also be ways to win your case. This is another reason why you should speak to an attorney.
The current state of the law, as well as the philosophy of many prosecutors is very aggressive with regard to child pornography. Without knowing more about the nature of the call or how you came to view the web cam images, I can't advise you about whether they will approach it as the report of a concerned citizen or as an anonymous confession. Even turning over a copy of any saved video file could be couched either way.
With regard to the anonymous nature of the call, there is usually an...
The decision to prosecute is made by the district attorney's office in your county. In their mind, you are a witness to a crime. A criminal case is captioned "The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania against The Defendant". It's not you against him, so you technically don't have any say in the matter.
That being said, good prosecutors are generally respectful of the victim's wishes. While they may not do exactly what you want, they should take it into account when making offers to resolve cases....
My colleague is absolutely right. Unlawful contact is a particularly nasty charge, a third-degree felony with Megan's Law reporting consequences. You should also be aware that you are subjecting yourself to the laws of Massachusetts which may contain other prohibitions and sanctions.
The equivalent charge in Pennsylvania (statutory sexual assault) is not currently a crime requiring registration under PA's Megan's Law. However, that's not all you have to worry about. The Feds are requiring the states to enact legislation under SORNA, that requires registration of a much broader range of sex offenders. PA hasn't yet enacted enabling legislation, so I can't say what the future holds. My understanding of Delaware's statute is that it's pretty inclusive, and might require a...