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I am sorry to hear about your grandson's unfortunate situation.
Do you know the exact criminal charge that your son is facing?
Thank you. I am a little confused. Am I liable for any further money besides the $30.00? No, I don't. They found drugs on him. I am not sure if it was marijuana only or another kind in addition.
You would only pay $30 once you accept my answer.
Do you know if your grandson was charged with felony or a misdemeanor by any chance?
Okay. Thanks. I looked up the court calendar and it says- arrested on a complaint or something to that effect. His mom said the officers found an amount of marijuana more than an ounce. He is hard to talk to.
By reading the info online, it seems to be a felony, but, I don't know what it will be until the court date, I guess.
It is likely that your grandson was charged with a felony possession with an intent to distribute the drugs.
Unfortunately. this is a serious situation.
Sadly, I think that is true.
Arraignment simply means that your grandson will have to plead guilty or not guilty to the criminal charge and then a bond would be established for your grandson.
What is the usual punishment for this type of crime?
Why do people plead not guilty when they are.
It is difficult to estimate what any specific private criminal defense attorney would charge to represent your grandson, as each attorney set their own legal fees rate, but it can be $10,000 or more.
Every suspect is presumed innocent, until proven guilty, so it is up to the state or federal prosecutor to prove guilt.
Most people would plead not guilty and then their attorneys might be able to negotiate a plea deal, so they can plead guilty to a lesser charge or receive a reduced sentence.
I see. Kind of forgot that. I thought perhaps it gave the court some latitude in sentencing or something.
Does this make sense?
How could a lawyer help the situation?
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Oops, already answered that. Thank you. Could you refer me to an attorney in the area of Santa Barbara?
Thanks very much for your help.
An experienced local criminal defense attorney can help protect your grandson's legal rights and fight for his freedom.
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