My friend was visiting someone and the house was raided by the police and my friend was arrested and charged with content to sale and weapons. He didn't have anything on him at all when the police checked him but since there was drugs in the house the officers said that they had to take everyone to jail. He doesn't have anything serious on his record and this would make his first felony, how much time could he be facing and is it better to hire an attorney instead of a public defender?
Your question isn't very clear, but I will still try to answer some things. Please understand that by me doing so, I am making some assumptions. When you say "content to sale" I take that as meaning possession with intent to sell controlled substances. This could mean lots of different things. For example, what "drug" was he claimed to have possessed? Marijuana could be 1-5. Methamphetamine could be 1-15. When you say "weapons" I take that to mean unlawful possession of a firearm. But that one is difficult also. Why was it unlawful? Underage? Prior conviction? It just depends. Also important is the law enforcement agency that conducted the raid. Is he charged in State or Federal Court? The times I gave above are State court sentences. Federal is much different and requires much more information. Finally, public defenders provide a very valuable service. Some of the best work is done in these offices. Understandably, however, they are staffed by individuals. Not every lawyer is the same. Your friend has a right to representation, but he does not get to pick the lawyer he gets unless he pays for that attorney.
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