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If you work a plea out with the prosecutor, then you know what you are getting. Normally, they will make an offer based on his prior criminal history and the amount of chances he has had in the past to stay out of trouble. If you plea open to the court, the Judge will not tell you the amount of time he is going to sentence your son. There is no way of knowing what to expect, unless you know his entire criminal history, score sheet, and prior sentences. It is best to find an attorney who is familiar with the Judge presiding over your son's case. This way, the attorney can work a deal and will know if it is better to leave it up to the Judge or if the Judge is tough and will go even harder then what the State is asking for. He would be expected to do 85% of the sentence imposed.