He was arrested and charged with 4 charges. Dui 1st offense, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace. He was not driving but was sitting in his car when they came. He was drunk and talking loudly in front of an apartment building. He can not afford a lawyer.
Statistics show that defendants represented by lawyers often get better outcomes than those without lawyers. He may be eligible to be represented by a public defender. He should ask about that at his first court appearance.
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If the question is should you pay for your son's defense lawyer, absolutely. Depending on his age and his career path, a DUI conviction could have permanent consequences to his future. Based on his charges, it is unlikely he is entitled to a public defender in Mississippi, but that doesn't mean one won't necessarily be appointed if asked. Depends on the jurisdiction.
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