Thank you for the additional information. Since you are a first time offender, both charges are punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine. However, it does not mean that the court will impose that sentence if you go to trial and lose or if you take a plea deal. In a situation like this, it would need to first be determined if the officer had a legal right to stop and search
you vehicle. If they did not, a motion to suppress
could be filed, which if granted, could result in the shotgun not coming into evidence and the State likely having to dismiss the case. If everything was legal and you have no defense, then you may want to consider a plea deal. For a first time offender, the court would likely impose a probationary sentence rather then any jail time and could also request the shotgun forfeited and you perform community service. The lowest sentence that could be imposed would be a fine but as a result of the shotgun being sawed off and loaded, the State may have some concerns, which could result in probation
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