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Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:53 AM
Posted 06 April 2011 - 08:38 AM
1) Victims of crime generally don't get to actually decide whether or not someone is eligible for treatment or what kind of punishment they receive. The prosecutors and court will generally take their wishes into consideration, but ultimately the court makes that call (within the confines of applicable law).
2) Sorry to say, but there isn't anything you can do for your son, assuming he isn't a minor, other than hire him a good attorney and offer moral/financial support. If he already has a lawyer, you can certainly try to convey this information to them, but understand that you aren't their client and they are restricted in what they can tell you, and depending on work load they may not have the time to discuss the case even if they could.
As for the issue of who owns the laptop, to be honest I'm not sure it makes much of a difference, but you would need to ask an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney for details. The bottom line is that from what you described here, your son committed the offense. Even if his cousin were willing to come forward and admit to lying to the police/prosecutors earlier, I'm not sure that would have much influence on the decision of the court as to his sentence.
Bottom line, he needs to get, or work with, his attorney as best he can.
Best of luck.
Posted 06 April 2011 - 09:38 AM
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Best of luck with your son's situation, and let us know what happens.
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