My son was accused of starting a fire with hand sanitizer in the gym at our apartment complex. When he was the one who spotted the fire and got help. He saw someone running away and discribed the man very well. He never has been in trouble in his life. He is 15 and has olive skin tone. When cops appeared the already had decided he did it with out even talking to him because of age and skin tone. And told me he will be told to go to counseling classes for doing it. There was no cameras around there was no witness other than him. Now we revived a paper stating he has complaint of 2nd degree arson (14-58). And that his offense must be approved for court and clerk of superior court for court hearing. They scheduled a conference at a office inside the DSS building. And want his social Security card in last report card. Should I try to find legal aid. We are a very low income and can't afford a lawyer. We don't know what to expect or what to do.
This is a serious felony charge. From your writings, it appears that a Juvenile ComplaintVegas been filed and a meeting has been scheduled with the Juvenile Court Counselor. You need to keep the appointment.
The Juvenile is entitled to court appointed counsel and one will be appointed for the juvenile. If you don't want court appointed counsel, then retain one for the juvenile immediately. Let the attorney make a decision about whether there's evidence or not, and this will be only after the attorney has received and reviewed the discovery in the case.
He needs to have the public defender appointed to represent him. This is a very serious charge and the first hearing might be the arraignment, at which he should plead not guilty, and ask for the public defender. In the meantime he should not talk to the police about this at all.
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