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Q: A guy I know must serve a minimum sentence of 15 years, and yet he isn't eligible for parole for 35 years...

Does that mean the earliest he can get out is in 35 years?

Timothy Sopinski
Timothy Sopinski answered on Jul 27, 2018

Yes, based on the numbers you listed. A minimum sentence means that he must serve at least 15 years before release. Since he is not parole eligible for 35 years, he will have already served the minimum amount of 15 years. Think of it as "must serve at least 15 years. . ." Parole eligibility is... Read more »

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Q: I was given a citation for being in the presence of weed and para without it being mine. Plead not guilty?

I was at a party that was busted and the cops found paraphernalia and weed (about .3 grams) that were not claimed and not mine. Should I plead not guilty with this only being an infraction?

Timothy Sopinski
Timothy Sopinski answered on Jul 27, 2018

If you're not sure what to do, a not guilty plea is always your best choice at your first appearance. After your not guilty plea, the case would be set for a trial or further hearing depending on what county you are in. At that point you can either have a trial or try to negotiate a deal with the... Read more »

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