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Can you please clarify what crime(s) your friend was charged with?
Specifically what was the drug and what was the weight he was charged with?
they say trafficking but no illegal contraband was found at all
Was he charged with trafficking?
Has he gone to court, yet?
cocaine and they say 28 grams or more
Would this be first offense?
they passed his court date cause they say he havent not been formely charged
no this is the third
Is this being charged as first offense?
Is this being handled/prosecuted by the feds?
they have on the report second degree felony
no they turned it over to the state
So your friend is not going to federal court?
In Florida, the trafficking of cocaine between the weight of 28 to 200 grams, has a mandatory minimum penalty of
but he didnt have anything on him so how can they give u time for sumthen that u didnt have
I was not there so I am not in a position to say that he will be found guilty if he takes the case to a jury trial.
I also do not have the benefit of being able to review the police and investigation reports.
I can only convey information.
so the best thing for him to do is take it to trial
If your friend believes that he's not guilty, he has a right to demand a trial by jury.
Force the prosecution to prove their claims beyond a reasonable doubt.
Good luck and best wishes.
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how do we go about doing that
When a person goes to court for the first time, they will be arraigned.
oh okay but will it be better to hire a lawyer
At that time, the judge informs them of the charges, asks if they'll be hiring an attorney, and asks how they wish to plead.
The person can say that they plead no guilty and ask for a jury trial.
Sorry, I meant plead not guilty and ask for a jury trial.
If he's going to hire an attorney, the attorney will know what to say at the arraignment.
If he can't afford to hire an attorney, at the arraignment, he can ask the judge for court-appointed counsel.
okay how do i go about paying u and if i dont like the answers i recieved then what do i do
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