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23-year-old grandson walking in parking lot of apartment complex

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23-year-old grandson walking in parking lot of apartment complex with backpack which contained controlled substances with intent to dispose of in trash. Police arrested him in parking lot (upon complaint of a neighbor), asked to search backpack and grandson allowed them to do so. Variation in police report as to when permission was obtained to search.

Joseph : Thank you for directing this post to me. However, I don't see an actual question. Is there some specific question in reference to this matter that I may answer for you?
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My question is does my grandson plea bargain in court Monday - in essence he is pleading guillty to something he did not do - we do not have the financial resources nor inclination to take this to jury trial. Is there a chance of having felony charge reduced to misdemeanor and what happens then?

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Why?

Customer:

My question is does he plea bargain and if so, what happens next? Can he get a deferred senence, perhaps 30 days in county and pay a fine? Can the felony be pleaded down to a misdemeanor?

Customer:

I am asking if my grandson should plea bargain for "no contest" . We do not have resources or inclination for this to go to a jury trial. What happens then?

Customer:

Why am I not able to get an answer to my question?

Customer:

I tried to go back and ask a question after your initial reply of "was there a question in there"? I asked my question again and I still don't have a reply.

As a general rule, I would never want to provide an absolute answer to whether a person should enter a plea unless I was the attorney of record and had ample opportunity to sit down with the client and discuss the matter in complete detail. With that caveat, this sounds like a situation your grandson should consider cautiously. As I understand it, he denies having committed the crime. If so, then there should be scant little evidence suggesting otherwise. And, in turn, a conviction would seem unlikely.

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And yes, it is always possible for charges to be reduced. Certainly in a case such as this, where the defendant is claiming innocence and, presumably, there is little evidence, such a result would seem appropriate.

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I'm sorry to hear of the problems with the attorney. It might be helpful to set up an office conference with him, his family and the attorney to discuss all the issues. He could state all of his concerns and questions and the attorney could address everything for him. This should help him make an informed and intelligent decision on how to proceed.

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