i do appreciate all the responses here. they are helping me "find my way" in figuring how to deal with this situation. even if i don't agree with some of the responses, i did ask, and the ones that i disagree with are helpful also. so thanks to all you.
Originally Posted by Pandora114
yup GTA is a felony. And that's technically what he did. Father's car or not, he committed Grand Theft Auto. He's LUCKY he got what few charges he got. his Father could very well turn around and add to that with Grand Theft Auto.
This was not Grand Theft Auto. As with other thefts, the prosecutor must prove that the alleged thief intended to deprive the owner of his or her property permanently. Taking a motor vehicle without consent and then abandoning it (or intending to abandon it) is known as joyriding.
My son took his father's car that was in our driveway. I know i didnt say this before (b/c i didnt think it was relevant) but his father was planning on giving the car to my son; however, that hadnt happened yet. My son did not intend to deprive anyone of their property permanently. i do admit that could have easily happened if he had an accident, etc. But that was not the intent. I don't want to argue the elements of the crime; however b/c it distracts from the issue at hand; however, what my son did was WRONG to the nth degree.
Originally Posted by MsElle07
This is what you said that made me believe that you were using your connections rather than pleading your case in front of a judge just like any other citizen: So I'm confused: is it using connections, like stated above, or is it going before a judge at his court date and asking for leniency, like anyone else has the right to do?
As I stated, I am not a criminal attorney (my user name is a hint! lol!). If I didn't know a police officer or other attorney assist me in navigating these waters, i would find someone. I think most parents would do the same IF they chose to assist their son/daughter (which is what i am considering...just haven't made my mind up yet).
these things dont' ever get worked out the day of court (not if you are wanting to plead a case...they are done beforehand...although the judges have discretion to accept/deny a plea).
lets please not have this thread turn into whether or not im going to act ethically. Im an officer of the court and am bound by certain ethical standards, which i consider to be serious and binding. so nothing i do for my son will be done unethically. that is a given. I apologize if i implied any different.
thanks again to all who are responding to this thread. im learning alot about myself doing this.