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Your boyfriend almost certainly had a lawyer unless he insisted on representing himself, which is crazy in with those charges. While there are a lot of factors that go into bail decisions, danger to the community and making sure he comes to court are two reason usually analyzed when deciding bail. I suspect a judge factored both of these in when denying bail or giving him a high bail amount.
The law provides that if a person is convicted of certain offenses, they can not be probated or paroled. The offenses your friend is charged with or has been convicted of are included in those offenses.
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I can imagine a judge taking a guilty plea to Armed Robbery from someone without an attorney.
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