So she could possibly be facing 10 years for each car?
That is the maximum penalty. Her attorney can advise her as to what the typical sentence is if found guilty. Since they are felonies she almost certainly is looking at jail time of at least a year if convicted.
So would it not help that she has never been in trouble for anything?
Only at sentencing and by then it is too late she has been convicted. That kind of information is only introduced to the Judge when sentence is handed down. It isn't relevant information at trial. It might be information the defense can use in attempting a plea bargain with the DA.
When she was arressted she was competely honest with the police and told then everything she knew. Will that help at all?
ONLY in convicting her. She had the right to remain silent unfortunately she didn't have the ability. Cops are NOT there to help her they are there to collect evidence to get a conviction. She needs to SHUT UP and stop talking to anyone but her LAWYER and that includes you. ANYONE she talks to except a lawyer can be called as a witness for the prosecution against her.
So are you saying that there will definitely be jail time and no possibility for anykind of home incarceration or probation?
On felonies: yes. Unless an attorney can negotiate a plea deal on a lesser charge she is likely looking at at least some time in jail. Consult an attorney NOW.
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