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I am sorry to hear about your family's situation.
1) If he tells his appointed attorney that he is guilty, or that he wants to plead guilty, etc, his appointed attorney can advise him as to whether or not this is wise, and what are the options. However, his appointed attorney is bound by attorney/client privilege and cannot reveal the conversation to the D.A., or the Judge, or anyone else. So simply asking his attorney about the possibilities of pleading guilty, etc, is not going to trigger the attorney going to tell everyone else. On the contrary, the attorney should not reveal any of this to anyone else.
2) Say that his attorney and him agree that a guilty plea is the best option. Well, then this happen in one of two ways:
(a) He simply pleads guilty and begs mercy from the court. Any charge having to do with child abuse
in WA unless the child is over 16 is pretty much a felony, and frankly, he is very likely to be sentenced to at least some imprisonment time.
(b) Alternatively, his attorney can contact the D.A. and ask the D.A. about a plea deal
. In exchange for not going to trial
(this means lots of work and preparation time for the D.A.'s office), the D.A. may offer a plea deal which involves REDUCED charges and/or NO imprisonment. I will be honest however and state that if he is charged with severe abuse, the chances of the D.A. offering no jail time is unlikely. However, it would likely be less than he would receive if he simply pleads guilty and asks mercy from the Court. The Court will normally agree to whatever plea deal is struck
between the parties.
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