Today I did an initial appearance for a guy who was charged with assisting in the sale of about $1000 worth of crack cocaine. That charge carries with it a potential term of up to 20 years in prison. The fact that more he could get more than 10 years allows the Government to basically keep him in custody pending trial (i.e., no bail). He really latched onto the possibility of 10 years, concluding:
Ten years, man. That kind of time in prison can be deleterious to one’s mental health.No kidding.