I was stopped and frisked by Newburgh City Police they found a small brown marihuana cigarette on the floor near me, arrested me, charged me with cpm and detained me for the night "due to my attitude". Yes I was verbally defensive I have a month left on probation and I DO NOT SMOKE. In city court I was given a one year Acd. I went to probation today and she said she will call me with a court date for county court. Can I defend myself in county court as I did in city? I am not guilty of anything except being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I get tested frequently at probation and haven't had a dirty in years. Please any advice would be appreciated I'm nervous that my probation term will be extended or worse. Thankyou.
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You have the legal right to represent yourself but it is not a good idea.
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You have the right to represent yourself. However, you also have the right to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. Be mindful that you are on probation.
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