What will happen to a young person who has been falsely accused of a crime?

Hi, we live in Florida and my friend is in jail right now because someone stole some stuff and blamed it on him. I know he didn’t do anything wrong. They have no proof because all the hand prints were wiped off of everything. My friend is very young and has never been in trouble with the law before, and has no previous record. He went to jail recently, and went to court yesterday and and the person who actually committed the crime had all his family to lie for him, and say that my friend did it. They are asking to give my friend 5 years in jail now. He goes back to court in a week. My friend has been falsely charged felony. What do you think is going to happen? How much time do you think someone can get considering the circumstances? I’m really sad and confused, so please only answer if you’re experienced with this type of situation in some way.

Answer #1

Unfortunately, nobody can really answer this without knowing all of the details. I’d like to say that innocence will reign, but the court system can only work with the evidence they are given. Currently, if all they have is hearsay, then it can’t be accepted as evidence, so I’m led to believe that there is a little more to this than you’re telling us.

Answer #2

OKay, how do you know that the other people lied? How do you know he did not do it? How do you know the other person did it?

If you have any useful information, come forward with it and go to your friends attorney. If you do not have any valuable information, maybe you can help him by offering his attorney to tell the court that your friend is known to you as a completely honest person.

What proof is there anyway, other than the testimony of the person who did it (according to you) and the testimonies of the family of that person?

Answer #3

No, this is all I know right now.

Answer #4

A five year sentence for a first time offender seems harsh in a non violent scenario. Age (adult or juvenile) is also a factor. But I have to agree with Colleen their is too much missing from the equation, to be able to make an educated guess as to what is going to happen in his trial. All I can deduce is that he had to have some kind of involvement…. intentional or not, in order to have charges brought up on him.

Answer #5

I wasn’t there at the time. I just know what type of person he is.

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