Any time a person is facing incarceration they are entitled to an attorney at public expense. If he is going to be re-tried, he is facing incarceration. Contact Department of Assigned Counsel. DAC attorneys are well qualified and do this work because they are very good at it. Chances are he will qualify for a public defender. Your income and assets are not at issue. Elizabeth Powell
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You would not want an attorney to handle a murder trial pro bono. Especially not one that has already been tried. If you and your son do not have money to hire an attorney, he will need to get a public defender assigned. A pro bono attorney (even a good one) would not be a good idea in this situation. Trying a murder case is a lengthy, time-consuming, and expensive undertaking. Putting this on a volunteer attorney's shoulders would almost certainly lead to a bad result. Public defender offices have the funding to support taking on a case of this seriousness.
While a PD or DCA attorney may be the best choice I disagree that an attorney who agrees to take it on for free is necessarily a bad choice. Remember the Casey Anthony trial in FL? She was represented by a pro bono attorney who had never tried a murder case before. Everyone made fun oh him until the verdict which was "not guilty."
I would recommend talking to the bank about a personal loan. This is the time to call in favors from friends and family for support. If it all adds up to you not being able to hire an attorney I would recommend getting a public defender. Pro bono attorneys are not necessarily bad its just that the motivation for an attorney to take on a case like this for free is exposure. It's for the press. What you want is an attorney who is focused on your son, his case, and his well being. Pro bono work is usually work attorney's do for thier own friends and family or as a publicity stunt. Attorneys would charge thier own friends and family to take on a murder trial because it is such a huge time investment.