These days, it's really unusual for a defendant who doesn't want to proceed on his own to be forced to do so, but if that did happen against your will, you would have one hell of an argument than any convictions that arose from the trial were not valid.
Find a good appellate attorney and discuss this further.
If you WIN - you are found NOT GUILTY and set FREE.
If you LOSE - you are found GUILTY and will be Sentenced by the court. Aggravated Assault carries up to 20 years in PRISON and a Judge is free to sentence you to whatever sentence is available under the law.
I would strongly recommend that you either - Hire the Best Criminal Defense Attorney that is available to you ASAP or if you can't hire an attorney, I would recommend that you apply for a Public Defender as quickly as you can.
Having a Jury Trial and not being represented by an attorney is usually a VERY BAD DECISION. Because you are representing yourself you will be expected to know the proper court procedure, rules of court, rules of Georgia evidence, how to cross examine witnesses, how to properly question your own witnesses, Voir Dire a jury panel, select the jury and prepare jury charges etc., etc., etc. You don't learn to do these things from watching TV or Youtube videos. Basically, the old saying "he who represents himself has a fool for a client" is usually true. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!!!
George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA - [email protected]
The information provided in this response to a question is not legal advise and is provided only for general information purposes. My response should not be taken as legal advise as no attorney / client representation exists. Additionally, the information given in this answer is specific to the State of Georgia only and should not be applied to any other state.
Depends on why you don't have a lawyer present. If you've been representing yourself, expect the judge to proceed with the trial. You will be held to the same standards as a real lawyer meaning you must follow the rules of evidence, criminal procedure, etc. You must object to the prosecutor's evidence if its illegal and if you don't then too bad because itll be let in. You're facing a serious charge with real prison time. Good luck.
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