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I am sorry for hear about your boyfriend's situation but I have some good news. From what you describe
, it sounds like your boyfriend has been offered what is known as "Deferred Adjudication" under Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-26-1 et seq
. this means that if he:
1) pays a fine;
2) takes some classes;
3) does community service;
4) does not get into any more criminal
5) does not test positive for drugs throughout the probationary period; and
6) fulfills any other obligations set out in his agreement
...then once the probationary period is over, the matter is dropped and it would be as though it never happened - no conviction.
The caveat is that he has to plead guilty, first, but that guilty plea is deferred. Then, he has the 4-5 probationary period where he has to report to a probation officer and also do all that which I have listed above. If he completes the probation, the guilty plea is dropped along with the charges.
Once such a plea is reached, the Judge generally honors
the agreement between the prosecutor and the defendant. So the chance of the Judge giving him jail time is nil.
Your boyfriend is very
lucky - Defendants accused of manufacturing rarely get a deferment deal! IMPORTANT INFO
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