Two months ago my house received a noise complaint and a citation in my name was issued for unlawful amp use. I planned on fighting it since it is becoming an issue with the police coming to our house when we are being really reasonable and they've admitted that one of our neighbors is targeting our house and calls all the time on us. I went to the police station to request a copy of my police report (a month after the incident) and they said I needed to request it at court. A few days later, I attended my first court date and asked the judge and he stated that if I decided to go with a public defender then they could obtain a copy of it. The court date was postponed with no plea for me, so I meet with a public defender but I want to find out in advance. I just want to know, public defender or not, if I can actually obtain a copy of the report.
If you go pro se, you have the same rights as an attorney regarding discovery. But why turn down the opportunity to have an attorney take your case?
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I don't handle much criminal law, but I have appeared in Corvallis Municipal Court a few times. Your lawyer, once you get one appointed will get a copy of all the police evidence, including the citation and police report from the DA. I suppose you can go without one and get a report yourself. But having the report in front of you still isn't going to tell you whether you should do next. You're going to want a lawyer for that. So why skip that step?
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