The answer to your question depends upon a lot of factors, including what are the facts of the case and how good is his attorney are just 2. The first thing that I would suggest is that he hires a competent local criminal defense attorney to help him fight the case.
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No lawyer can evaluate your fiance's chances in trial on avvo. There is no way to get a full picture of the case here.
Does he have a lawyer? if so, that is the person who needs to be evaluating the chances for winning the case.
BTW, the penalty range for a third degree felony is 2-10 years prison and up to a $10 thousand fine. With one prior final felony conviction, it would be 2-20 years prison and same fine. With two prior final felony convictions, one after the other, it would be 25-99 years or life in prison, no fine. Serious stuff. If your fiance does not have a lawyer yet, he sure needs one.
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