My step son was declared incompetent prior to his legal troubles. He was involved in an accident and received several charges. He spent 3 yrs in county before going to trial. At trial he found guilty and not guilty of one charge. The judge ignored the double verdict and chose guilty. He was incarcerated 7 yrs.
It was not a matter of the judge choosing one over the other, he was found guilty of one charge and not guilty of another. I suggest that you arrange an appointment to meet with your son's criminal defense attorney and discuss the situation, after you obtain written consent from your son to speak with his attorney. Hopefully the attorney can set you straight on what has happened your son.
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