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How much jail time is someone looking at for 5 counts of battery?

My husband was arrested for 2 counts of lewd and lascivious acts, 1 lewd and lascivious battery on an elderly or disabled adult, 2 counts of battery. He has a public defender, state has lowered the 2 lewd down to battery. Plea cut off is coming up, don't know the plea offering yet. He was told if he takes the offer which is they will drop the final lewd and charge him with 5 battery, which he says never happened, what is he looking at for jail time, he has been in jail since 10/3/12. Should I call a criminal defense lawyer? Really don't have any money. He doesn't want to take a deal he is not guilty off, his public defender has really had no contact with him so he doesn't really know what is going on with his case or his options, this is his first offense. Thank you.

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    William L. Welch, III | William L. Welch, III Attorney
    111 South Calvert Street
    Baltimore, MD 21045
    (410) 385-5630
    Second-degree assault carries 10 years. It is possible for the court to run each sentence consecutively, but the court might only do that if the defendant's record was particularly bad. Your husbands attorney should be able to estimate his sentencing guidelines for him. Also, if there is a plea offer, then that would give some guidance as to what sentence to expect.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland - Replied: 1/22/2013
    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    It is impossible to say how much time your husband is facing. However, the reduction of the lewd charge to battery sounds reasonable, and should result in a shorter jail sentence, Of course, if possible, you should hire a criminal defense attorney to represent your husband, as he can devote more time to this case, and provide you with a more complete assessment of the matter, after reviewing all the facts with your husband and after reviewing the evidence in the prosecutor's possession. It may be best for him to take the plea bargain, or it may not be prudent. Only a lawyer who is familiar with all the facts can answer this question properly.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 1/22/2013
    R. Jason de Groot | R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    Deltona, FL 32728-5775
    (386) 337-8239
    Hire an attorney, borrow the money to hire one. If these are simple charges, the maximum for each battery can be one year in the county jail. If this is his first offense, he may not get jail. But if he is innocent, totally innocent, he shouldn't take any plea bargain and go to trial with a competent defense attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Florida - Replied: 1/22/2013
    Steve Freeborn | Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    33400 9th Avenue S. Suite 208
    Federal Way, WA 98003
    (253) 838-4477
    I don't know the facts... sounds like these are felony charges. If he gets convicted on all 5, then he is looking at prison time... probably in the area of 5 years or more. It would be interesting to see the facts of the case and the plea offer sheet.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 1/22/2013
    John F Brennan | Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    24001 Greater Mack
    St Clair Shores, MI 48080
    (586) 778-0900
    If you are dissatisfied with the services of your public defender you should engage counsel. As for predicted sentence, there are insufficient facts upon which to form an opinion , but the charges are multiple and serious and therefore could well result in serious jail or prison time. More importantly, if he is not guilty he should not be pleading as these convictions will haunt him for the rest of his life, which is okay if he is guilty, but not if he is innocent.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/22/2013
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