Legal Question in Criminal Law in California

What is the typical sentence for a first time offender for posession and intent to distribute cocaine i am under 16

Asked on 3/29/13, 2:37 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Terry A. Nelson Nelson & Lawless

There is no 'typical'.

The honest answer is that no attorney can predict the outcome, nor even give an intelligent opinion, without reviewing and knowing all the charges, evidence, police reports, expected testimony, priors history, defenses, sympathies, etc. What you need to understand is that you are facing felony charges that carry years in prison if convicted.

When questioned, arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a test, search or statement be used against you, can you be convicted, and what can you do? No amount of free 'tips and hints' from here or elsewhere are going to effectively help in a legal defense. If you don't know how to represent yourself effectively against an experienced prosecutor intending to convict, then hire an attorney who does, who will try to get a dismissal, charge reduction, diversion, programs, or other decent outcome through motions, plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate.

If serious about hiring counsel to help in this, and if this is in SoCal courts, feel free to contact me. Iíll be happy to help fight and get the best outcome possible, using whatever defenses and sympathies there may be.

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Answered on 3/30/13, 11:21 am

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