He potentially could. I would strongly recommend he retain a criminal defense attorney immediately. My firm handles such matters and offers free case consultations at 813 830 2261. Good luck.
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There are several programs designed for young adults and first time offenders. Hire an experienced attorney to analyze the case and negotiate with the state. There may be motions that can be filed to win the case.
Let me know if we can be of assistance.
Benjamin Fernandez, Esq.
There may be several options available to him including a possible youthful offender departure. He needs to meet with a local criminal defense lawyer.
Assuming he has never been sentenced as a youthful offender, he may be eligible for probation at the discretion of the Court. He needs to speak with an attorney immediately--as it stands, he is looking at a mandatory prison sentence.
Feel free to contact me for any further assistance. I am happy to help. (727) 538-4220.