Asking, "Do I need a lawyer is seldom answered no DIY us your best course of action.
This is yet another example that what appears to be a relatively simple question is not simple to answer unless ALL the facts and an actual (not a paraphrasing) review of the court record is conducted by an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The first part of a complete analysts is reviewing the government's investigation. This must be followed by the defense investigation of the events that tests...
Yes, you need an attorney. Our criminal justice system is adversarial. That means the government has an attorney representing its interests and the defense has an attorney representing the defendant's interest.
If you or anyone goes to court without an attorney you are trusting the government, the prosecution, to disavow its adversarial duty in favor of your rights. This is naive if not foolish.
The question, "Do I need an attorney?" should always be answered with a clear unequivocal, "...
Consult and retain an experienced criminal defense attorney in your jurisdiction ASAP. Further discussion in this forum is not in your brother's best intetest. Early interaction with your attorney will maximize your options.
What an attorney has seen may be of interest in a conversation but is of little value in reference to a particular case. Probation availability is determined by multiple statutory factors and ultimately determined by the sentencing judge AFTER considering the guideline calculation. It is the defense lawyer's task to advocate for the least onerous sentence.
Yes or no is not an answer to ANY inquiry that involves a legal analysis by an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Every analysis requires a complete context within with an attention to detail that far exceeds that given in your inquiry.
The prosecuting authorities, both federal and state, look at multiple factors to determine if charges should be brought. Then it is the task of the experienced criminal defense lawyer to develop theories of defense that are viable.
The combination of a state of Illinois case and a federal case always complicates the time necessary for resolution. The public confusion regarding Eric Holder's statement is growing. Please Note: there is no change in the law regarding drug cases or sentencing. The changes will come slowly via a combination of a policy shift in prosecution, new or amended law from Congress and new or enhanced awareness in the courts when judges interpret the existing and new laws.
There is hope. Regrettably,...
The coordination of federal and state prosecutions is a complex endeavor. Your questions are good and concerns are real. An attempt to simplify the approaches and strategies available to you would be a disservice. Consult and retain an experienced federal and Illinois criminal defense lawyer who will listen to you. Advocating for you is the obligation of your attorney.