The clerk that I received the continuance from said I should have a lawyer present. When I asked her for the affidavit form for a court appointed lawyer she said you can fill it out but its most likely gonna be denied because I bonded out through a bondsman.
While she may be correct, not a good idea to get legal advice from clerk. Unclear what the specifics of charges might be but you have your personal freedom, rights and pocketbook at stake. Attorney might be appointed before hearing based on filing and affidavit. You can show up at hearing and request court appointed lawyer and Court may appoint one or advise that you are not eligible for whatever reason. Do not take chances and go unrepresented. If one is not appointed, consult with local criminal defense attorney to know your rights/ obligation / s and options.
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It is very often the case in Wyandotte County that if a person bonds the court does not want to appoint counsel. They cannot have a specific rule stating that but it usually works out that way.
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You need to go to the Wyandotte County Public defender office right now and apply. Then you'll know whether you need to hire a lawyer or not.
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