Q: Am I facing any jail time being a 1st offender with the following charges:Possession of Firearm and Aggravated Assault?
I am 30 years old with no previous criminal record, I have served as an armed security guard for 3years. Recently road rage got the best of me and I was indicted with 2 felony charges and aggressive driving. Will I have to serve any jail time? And can I trust a Public Defender with this case or should I hire a lawyer ?
A: If you lose a felony aggravated assault case, you likely would have to serve state prison time. Insofar as whether you can trust a public defender, the quick answer may be, "What is your other option?" Self-representation is a very bad option.
If you have family or friends that can help you with legal fees, and you later pay them back, consider meeting with a private criminal defense attorney for a FREE consultation.
With your clean record the best option would be to work toward pushing the prosecutor toward a lesser offense first, then negotiating the punishment phase, possibly under a first offender act disposition.
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