He is 18 years old and was just arrested. There are 6 charges; 3 charges of "armed possession of a controlled substance", 1 charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, 1 charge of a concealed weapon, and 1 charge of grand theft (stole a car). His bond was set at $475,000.00. We cannot afford to bail him out and I don't know if we can afford an attorney. What kind of prison time is he facing? Thank you.
These are VERY serious charges, and your son needs an attorney. Anything involving weapons is going to carry a risk of prison time, and drugs + guns usually equals a great deal of prison time.
There are a lot of things that go into figuring out someone's prison time, including prior record, aggravating/mitigating factors. Thus, answering your immediate question is impossible based on the facts in your question.
If you can't afford an attorney, then your son's public defender can answer these questions.
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Your son needs an attorney. The good news is that due to his age, there is a chance that his lawyer will be able to negotiate a favorable result under the youthful offender act. There are some charges that are excluded under this act, but there are times that a prosecutor will work with the defense attorney to allow for the youthful offender sentence to occur. However, without the benefit of a downward departure, your son is facing a significant amount of prison time. Your son will need either a privately retained attorney or the assistance of the public defender.
I think your question, while valid, is premature. The only honest answer to such questions are: "it depends" and anywhere from "zero to the maximum." Under the facts you relate the maximum is substantial but highly unlikely so don't even worry about that. Realistic projections require analysis of the specific facts and cannot, and should not, be done on-line.
Regardless of who pays, your son will have an opportunity to be represented by an attorney so I understand your question to be what will be the impact of a public defender attorney as opposed to a privately retained attorney.
Again - too tough to answer on line. I suggest you consult with a few local criminal defense attorneys so they can examine the file, quote you a price, and let you know what they think of the case. Your question will be answered by that process. I do think, from what you do relate,that a private attorney on the case early can deliver definite benefits to your son's options and outcome.
I will say that you should seek out private counsel sooner rather than later and urge your son to not discuss his case from the jail or while in the jail with anyone but an attorney. Certainly do not discuss the case over the jail phone system or by letters with him.
I offer free consults and would be happy to review his arrest report with you. Good luck.
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