This sounds like a possible police brutality / false arrest claim. But without seeing the actual discovery that is a guess at best.
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I would never suggest for anyone represent themselves in a criminal case. Attorneys don't represent themselves, which should tell you something. If you can afford to hire a private attorney, that would be a smart choice.
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I agree with my colleague. Even attorneys do not represent themselves in civil cases - it is said that if you represent yourself, you have a fool for a client. You need legal representation - whether a Public Defender or a private attorney.