My husband was arrested for multiple felonies, 5 of them being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was released on bail and was arrested again for the same thing. Can you tell me if the two arrests will be two separate trials? If so, will each one have any effect on the other? Is there any way of knowing how the sentencing of each case would effect the other?
I cannot give you specific advice without reviewing his particular case however can tell you generally that separate arrests for separate, unrelated crimes will be separate trials and proceedings. They can, however, be resolved together if a lawyer works out a global plea agreement, which would be totally voluntary. The primary way that one case will affect the other is through sentencing- the judge certainly could consider these facts in sentencing and they can be on the scoresheet, depending upon the order of sentencing. In terms of bond, the bond on the original case will likely be revoked and I would suspect it would be difficult, if not impossible, for him to get a new bond on the original case. You will likely want to consider this before posting a bond on the new case.
If he was released on bond for a violation of probation case, yes this new arrest will have a direct effect on his first case. If it is an entirely separate issue however, then they will be separate case numbers and separate issues, but it may be a strategic benefit to the client to have the cases globally handled or even transferred, depending on the charges. As for sentencing, yes it may affect sentencing if they actually went to trial and lost, but there are strategic ways to resolve the case before getting to that point.
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