He says something like 5year joint suspended sentence..what does this mean? He just got off work..in uniform..the homeless guy said he was panhandling..come on..will they throw this out?
If your husband's offer is five years joint suspended, then that means he has a significant criminal record and these charges ain't getting dropped. Plus I suspect he's on parole or probation. The Sacramento DA's office is very difficult to deal with, unreasonable and vindictive. And those are their good qualities. I hope his PD puts up a good fight. It's a good office but they are severely overworked and are carrying heavy caseloads. Been doing this job 28 years and things have definitely gotten worse since the newly elected DA took office.
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If your husband was arrested, he needs a crminal defense attorney. Will it be thrown out? We don't know ... Stop posting info on public websites....
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Will they throw this out? Hmmm.....doubtful. Five years is the maximum penalty for robbery, but it's a little early in the process to be discussing a "joint suspended" sentence. You won't be able to resolve this online unless you're just looking to vent. Hubby needs a lawyer.
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Your husband needs an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent him. If he cannot afford to pay for one, he should ask for the public defender the first time he goes to court. Homeless panhandlers can be victims of crimes. If he was arrested and charges are being filed, the court will not just throw it out because you want them to.
This is a serious charge. A joint suspended sentence means he would be sentenced to 5 years but execution of the sentence would be suspended over his head and he'd be placed on probation. If he violated his terms of probation in any way, the hammer would come down and he would be sent to prison to serve the 5 years. Without seeing the evidence and police report no one can really tell you how strong or week your husband's case is or if the DA will "throw out" the charges. Hire a good private criminal attorney to represent your husband. Good luck!
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A 5 year joint suspended sentence offer makes the altercation seem as though it was significantly more serious than you described. He should contact a reputable defense attorney.
For your husband to be offered a 5 year joint suspended sounds like more than an altercation but also problems with the prosecutor's version as well. Just some basic question as to why, after an altercation, would someone bother to take keys from a homeless guy unless the keys were being used as a weapon....but this is just a guess on my part. Either stay with the public defender or hire an experienced defense lawyer.
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