Can't afford a lawyer, should I represent myself?!

Asked about 2 years ago - Navarre, FL

I found a fone in a single bathroom & was going 2 give 2 the cashier, but instead I got pulled 4 drinks & the dance floor! Then cops questioned us if we had found a fone I said yes here, I was going 2 give this! But the girl pressed charges for Theft! I have a clean record, got denied a public defender cuz of a lien on my car exceeding $5000, my car is paid off I'm separated, no job & have 4 kids & I can't afford a lawyer, how do I get help?!

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  1. Rixon Charles Rafter III

    Contributor Level 20

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    Answered . Based on you post alone, representing yourself would be a BIG mistake.

    You need to do whatever it takes to hire a criminal defense attorney--sell property, borrow money from friends/family.

    READ THIS BEFORE CALLING OR EMAILING ME: I am licensed to practice before the state and federal courts in Virginia.... more
  2. John Skyler Riordan

    Contributor Level 17

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    Answered . NO. NO. NO.You have to find a way. Representing yourself is a recipe for disaster.

    John S. Riordan, Esq.
    West Palm beach, FL
    (561) 650-8291

    John S. Riordan, Esq., RIORDAN & HERMAN, PL., West Palm Beach, FL, (561) 650-8291. Mr. Riordan is a former Palm... more
  3. Tracey Lyn Sticco

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    Answered . No, you should not represent yourself. With no prior record, you may be eligible for diversion, which would ultimately lead to dismissal. Contact a local attorney who can guide you through the application process, or, in the alternative, negotiate with the State on your behalf.

  4. Michael Leonard Mastrogiovanni

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    Answered . You should consult with a criminal defense attorney in your area! If you cannot afford one you should request a public defender! Good luck!

    The information presented is for information purposes only based on the information provided. An attorney client... more
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