Probably misdemeanor. CPS is ridiculous and basically they do whatever they want. If he is charged with felony, court can appoint him an attorney, but probably not if misdemeanor. I strongly advise him having an attorney, if you can possibly afford it. Call some local criminal defense attorneys who will speak with you initially for free. Also local family attorneys to help with parental rights, so kids can be well taken care of.
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I agree with Attorney Hamer for the most part. It would be best to retain his own counsel, and CPS will likely use this against him. But even if it is a misdemeanor, I believe the court will appoint him counsel if he can show he is indigent.
The state cannot use his juvenile charge to enhance the charge, i.e., move it from Class B to Class A to double the range of punishment. But they can use it to base their decision on what kind of plea bargain they want to offer and it may be the determining factor as to whether they offer probation.