he broke into cars and stole . how much time will he get under youthful affender if he can get it
This depends on the circumstances of the individual case. In some cases, with proper legal help, probation is possible. If youthful offender treatment is granted, the maximum time is 3 years in prison.
It is very important that he speak to an attorney.
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As Mr. Lockwood indicates, he will need the assistance of an attorney. He may be eligible for youthful offender, but only if the judge finds it to be appropriate. If he has a juvenile record it will be more difficult for him to get YO treatment. Also...if he took a weapon from any of the vehicles, he's going have more trouble.
B&E cases such as this fall under the newly enacted Presumptive Guidelines. Depending on his history, the guidelines calculations will tell you if he's going to jail/prison and, if so, for how long. As stated, if he's granted Youthful Offender status, the presumptive guidelines will not apply and maximum punishment is 3 years in prison. You need to talk to a lawyer immediately to make some decisions as to which course of action to take.
As always, no attorney/client relationship is created by this answer and I recommend that you contact a local, experienced criminal defense lawyer to discuss your particular situation.
Speak with qualified local counsel immediately. First determine his defenses, then you may opt for youthful offender or diversion.
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