Your nephew definitely needs an attorney to represent him. If he cannot afford and attorney the State is obligated to provide him with a public defender. I am surprised the judge did not assign a public defender at the arraignment.
Once he has representation, he may be able to work out a plea agreement
with the court to avoid trial
. But even if he can do that, he is likely at least to be subject to probation which will prevent him from leaving the State. It is possible an attorney might be able to get the charges dropped, but that is not the likely outcome. The prosecutor would have to drop the charges, not Sears.
But clearly, this boy needs a criminal
defense attorney who can fully evaluate the case and discuss a plea bargain strategy. I know attorneys can be expensive, but the costs of facing a full penalty for this crime would be much higher.
My recommendation would be to hire a private attorney, but if that is completely out of the question, he should contact the public defender's office and see if he can get free representation.
I hope this answers your question.
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