New York rapper Bobby Shmurda has a big decision to make before a January 7 hearing. New reports claim his legal muscle is trying to help him avoid serving ample time behind bars for a weapons possession charge.

According to reports, Shmurda’s lawyer popped up in court this week to try to land a plea deal agreement.

We’re told prosecutors are offering Bobby the chance to plead guilty to a reduced charge of “attempted promoting prison contraband.” If he does he could get 1 to 4 years. Bobby’s already serving 7 years for his murder conspiracy case, but if he takes the plea deal for the shank … the sentence will run concurrently. Sources close to Bobby say his friends, family and lawyers are all pushing him to take the deal. They’re concerned because he’s been a loose cannon in court lately. (TMZ)

Back in October, Shmurda talked about feeling forced into taking a recent seven-year jail sentence.

“I was forced to take this sentence. I don’t want to take this sentence,” Shmurda told the judge as flustered lawyer Alex Spiro stood alongside him in the courtroom. “I want to drop my plea.” The rapper then addressed his lawyer directly as the tension filled the room: “I want to drop my plea and fire you … Why are you telling me to waive my rights? I am not waiving my rights.” (New York Daily News)

Bobby recently said fans should expect him to resume his entertainment career following the jail stint.

“I’m rapping, I’m acting, I’m going to have some books out. I want people to hear my story, they’re gonna feel my pain. I have three years to make a book happen. I got love for 50 Cent, I got love for DMX, but my movie’s gonna be better than Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and Belly put together, and it’s gonna be a true story. And I swear, I feel bad for somebody’s daughter because her back is gonna need some new bones and her vagina gonna need a tombstone. [Laughs.] They ain’t never gonna take my joy.” (Complex)

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A few days prior, Bobby’s lawyer suggested his client would not serve the full seven years.

Mr. Pollard’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, said in a statement that the rapper would receive credit for time served, which would “hopefully permit him to be home in approximately three and a half years and resume his remarkable career.” (New York Times)