Hi, I have a friend, Chris -17yr. old male- who was arrested and charged with theft, receiving stolen property and complicity to burglary. He also had a friend, Brady, who is 18, with him who got the same charges. Chris has a past record of misdemeanors. Chris is being charged as an adult. What do you suppose his sentence will be?
If your friend has not been to court yet, he has not been found guilty, and therefore his "sentence" is nothing more than speculation. What if he has a defense to the charge?
No one can predict that from the information you gave. Your friend is in serious trouble and needs to speak to an experienced local criminal defense attorney. If he cannot afford a private attorney, he is entitled to a public defender when he gets to court.
An experienced local attorney will know how the local court and prosecutor will consider the gravity of the present offense and what significance they will attach to the prior misdemeanor record. The attorney will also be able to review the police reports and determine what defenses, if any, your friend could assert to try to defeat the case.
Such an attorney will also be able to advise your friend of his legal rights, and would be able to negotiate a plea bargain, or prepare the case for trial, depending on what your friend decides to do once the attorney has helped him explore the possibilities of the case.
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