My brother and his live-in girlfriend have an 8 month old child who was taken from them on charges of criminal neglect. There is very little to no evidence to support those charges, and Child Protective Services even tried to get him to admit guilt to the allegations in exchange for speedy return of the child. When my brother asked what would happen if they didn't admit guilt, they said that they would still be returning the child.
My brother requested an attorney, and he was denied due to his income being above 125% of the Federal Poverty line.
I am not an attorney, however I am far more familiar (via personal study) with the legal system than he is. Can I represent him if there is no exchange of anything of monetary value?
Does he have any other options? He is a veteran.Edit: There were no charges of criminal neglect instead they had allegations of deprivation brought against them.
No you cannot represent him. You would be practicing law without a license. The Court has decided that your brother can afford an attorney. He must hire his own attorney and yes he needs an attorney. If you want to help him, help him by providing financial support that will allow him to hire an attorney.
The information that I am providing is general information based on my understanding of your question. You cannot and should not rely on this general advice in making legal decisions. There may be important information that you did not include in your question that could drastically change the advice an attorney that was fully informed would give you. I am not your attorney. My response does not create an attorney client relationship.
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