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Has your son been arrested before?
Yes, he did one year in Florida (St. John's County) for stealing a kayak. He was released there on probation for this charge. He violated probation and had to return for all 360 days.
I am sorry I don't know what the exact charge was called.
To answer your question, no, he will not spend the rest of his life in jail. For that charge, it is a maximum of 10 years in jail.
Even with 7 of those charges?
In theory, a judge could make him serve a sentence for each regularly one after the other (called consecutive sentences), but typically one of two things happens:
1) the DA lets him plead to one charge and drops the rest; or
2) he serves all his sentences at the same time (concurrently).
Unless there are some aggravating factors, i.e. he hurt someone, he will spend a few years in prison and be released.
At the beginning of 2011 we decided to stick to "tough love" no matter what happened. Is it a smart idea to not hire an attorney with these charges and let the chips fall where they may?
If he can't afford a lawyer, the court will appoint one for him. So, even if you don't hire one for him, he will still be represented by an attorney.
Thank-you for your help
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