It is surely false to assert that if "you're young and non violent and have a well known lawyer, you will never get jail." Perhaps you have a different notion than me about what "non-violent" means. I assume you think possessing, transporting, or selling illegal drugs is non-violent. If you think drug sellers, who often hire "well known lawyers", never get jail you are seriously mistaken. They get jail and state and federal prison. Indeed most people in prison are in there for drug related offenses. Theft related offenses are also often non-violent and they often end up in prison. Ever hear of Bernard Madoff or Martha Stewart? I'm sure they had a "well known" lawyer and though they weren't young, their past achievements and lack of criminal record for so many years was likely mitigation (so a younger person may well have been treated harsher). If you doubt what I say, go to jail or prison and see how many are there for selling a small amount of dope or stealing a small amount of property to support their drug habit.
No, not necessarily. On a cumulative basis, your past acts catch up with you. The attorney was probably being cynical or egotistical.
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You friend has a minim of three cases involving dishonesty. Do you really believe anything he tells you. It is not true that young non violent offenders will never get jail. There reaches a point where the judges consider that they have no reasonable alternative when a person continues to violate the law after numerous offenses and grants of probation. It sounds like he might have found himself a dishonest lawyer also if the lawyer took credit for the resolutions on account of being well known. Of course, there is no way to tell what the lawyer really said given the source of the information.
A well known lawyer? Really? Was your friend also offered swamp land in Florida for sale by this guy? Cases are governed by the facts of the offenses. Jail is much less of a risk in LA County because of jail over crowding as much as it has to do with the narcissistic attorney. Yes a good attorney is necessary in any case, but the result if going to be drivin by the charges, and the facts. Youth and lack or a record always helps but isn't always a gurantee.
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