My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
I just found that that my 22 year old son did something stupid. His girlfriend received a second set of registration tags for her car so she gave them to my son who put them on his license plate. He was stopped by the police and was arrested and charged with a felony. I live in Mexico so his grandmother was able to bail him out of jail. He lives in Los Angeles goes to college, works and is mostly able to support himself. AFAIK he has never been in legal trouble before.
If he gets a public defender, is it likely that the charge can be dropped to a misdemeanor with community service and probation? I'm just wondering what is the likely outcome for this.