Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
Good evening, I am a Criminal Defense attorney and former Prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office. I'll be answering your questions today, please understand this is for informational purposes only and we do not currently have an attorney-client relationship. Please allow me just a few moments to prepare some information for you. Thanks!
I do strongly recommend hiring a criminal defense attorney to represent you. An attorney will be able to argue on your behalf, and raise any possibly legal defenses you may have, as well as find any criminal procedural errors in the State's evidence that could lead to the evidence being thrown out. A defense attorney can also engage in plea negotiations with the Prosecutor to try to work out a favorable plea for you. Many times a Prosecutor in this type of case may even grant you immunity OR a very favorable plea in exchange for your testimony against others in the organized crime case.
Laws vary from state to state, but by and large a 3rd degree felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. How steep of a sentence you may be facing, or how favorable a plea you may be offered (probation etc.) really depends on the strength of the State's case against you. The more evidence and witnesses they have, the stronger their case will be, and the less likely it is that you may be offered probation or a plea that appeals to you.
Again, this all rests on the specific facts of your case and on what the Prosecutor is able to prove; all the more reason to hire a defense attorney to represent you, and to do so soon.
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