Unfortunately these cases take a long time. 3-5 years is not uncommon. The fact that your attorney is in year 3 is a good sign for your son, because your attorney cares. If he didn't care he would have resolved this case a long time ago. But here he's fighting. Talk to your attorney. He can provide you with a better perspective. Bear in mind that he can't tell you everything so when you sense that don't suspect that he isn't working for your son. He's caught up in attorney client privilege information that he can't disclose even though you may have paid him. I wish your son the best.
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If you got a private criminal attorney, then you have made a good decision to invest in fighting the case. Criminal cases are complex and dynamic and they change over time. His is a serious case that can land him in prison for a long time. The gang allegation makes it more difficult. Best to sit down with the attorney you hired, the person who presumably has been on the case for 3 years, who knows all the evidence and get the answer from that person. Everyone here would be guessing. Good luck.
You should be consulting your son's lawyer if he does not have one, you should get him the best local criminal litigator you can afford.
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You've hired an attorney for a reason. The fact that a very serious case like this has gone on for three years is not necessarily a bad sign, indeed it likely indicates that there has been substantial investigation into the matter. From the perspective of the defendant often a criminal case is like a fine wine, it gets better with age. Again, the attorney you've hired will know more about the case than anyone here. Good luck.
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