My 18 year old son was arrested, appeared before the judge, and was released on bail. Having never been through this process, we don't know the procedure from this point on. He will need a public defender. How is one appointed to his case? Is there something he or I should do to secure counsel? (Pro bono counsel that is)
Since he is free on bond, he may not get an opportunity until his first court date. He will need to fill a out a financial info form. It is very difficult to get a court-appointed attorneys in some counties if the person bonded out. The courts figure if the defendant had enough money to bond out, they have enough to pay for an attorney and not use precious county money. In one county I practice in, some of the judges will ask the applicant if they tried to sell their car to get the money for an attorney. Call the county court and find out from them.
My response is to a question or questions that were set out in probably several sentences. Criminal law is complex and applying it to fact situations is also complex. My response is a general application of the knowledge I have to, at best, a skechy set of facts. You may, inadvertently, be omitting a very important fact or issue that affects a proper legal analysis. Ultimately, my advice is to contact a lawyer in person and talk to her or him about your issues.
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