My 16 year old son went to a party,where he was invited, and where liquor was involved. While my son and his friend were upstairs talking to a couple of the girls. 2 of his"friends" stole bunch of other items which equaled over $1,000. All the boys left the house because her parents were on there way home. The parents then arrived home and called the police. The girl then said to the parents and the police they were not welcome there and she told them to leave. I'm sure she didn't want to get in trouble. One of the kids that stole the items was arrested that night and openly admitted to stealing the items and said that my son and his friend knew they were going to steal the items and were distracting the females at the party. Now he is being charged with 2 felonies, burglary and theft in the 1st degree. This is his first time being charged with anything besides a minor consumption. Public defender is telling us it would be best to take the plea deal, which we don't even know what it is yet, than to go to trial.
It would be unfair to you and your son to give any sort of legal advice on the Avvo forum. If there is any way for you to retain private counsel rather than have a public defender, then you should consider it.
You gave his side of the facts, not all the sides. The pd probably already knows all of the sides, or perhaps commented that it is often better to take a plea deal. We know only what you have written, and the best thing for anyone charged with any crime to do is to hire a private criminal defense attorney.
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I am afraid that all of the police reports and other evidence would have to be reviewed before making any assessment the case. Of course, it certainly would seem premature to suggest that a taking a plea deal was appropriate before knowing what the plea deal may be. You may wish to consult with some experienced juvenile defense attorneys in person.
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I wouldn't jump to the plea deal conclusion so quickly. Your son's attorney should be taking an in depth look at the facts and evidence in the case to determine what the best strategy is moving forward. Since your son is 16, he needs to be concerned about whether any long term public criminal records are going to result from the case. You can consider hiring a private attorney to represent your son. That may be highly advisable given the serious nature of the charges he is facing.
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