he has never been convicted of any crime before. the gun was under the seat in the car. he is 17 years old. he is currently being held in county jail.
Possession of a firearm is a Class H felony, punishable by a sentence ranging from probation up to 8-10 months active sentence for a person with no criminal record. The CCW charge is a Class 2 misdemeanor, which will require a suspended sentence, up to 30 days, for a person with a clean record. These sentences can be run concurrently or consecutively. Judges are individuals and vary substantially in the way that they sentence defendants. You need to speak with your son's attorney regarding the sentences, as he/she should be familiar with the local judges and have a better idea of the likely sentence if your son is convicted. Also, your son may be eligible for a deferred prosecution program that can result in a dismissal of these charges.
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