My mom filed a false police report about her being robbed of her money. The next day (after the detective told her she could retract and tell the truth, which she didn't that day) she went to talk to the detective and told the truth and the reasons why she did it. Now she got a summons to appear in court next month. We don't have money for a lawyer. What could happen that day? Could she get arrested? My mom has a clean record and honestly she didn't want for this to get this far. Please help me. My mom told the truth before she received the summon.
She needs to show up for the court date or things will get worse. If she's being charged with filing a false police report then the court should appoint a public defender to represent her assuming that she qualifies. If she fails to appear then they will definitely issue a warrant for her arrest and it will make the situation worse.
Your mom was arrested without being taken into custody following her confession to the detective. After asking your mom to fill out a financial affidavit and if the court finds your mom qualifies, then the court will appoint the Public Defender;s Office to represent your mom. If your mom does have an otherwise clean record as you state, then there is a strong possibility your mom will be offered a diversion program. I wish you and your mom well and hop my answer to your question is helpful.
Anything could happen, including that she may have been summoned for something completely unrelated to the false report.
However, if it is regarding the false report, and if she cannot afford counsel, then she should be appointed a PD.
My advise is to find and consult with a local lawyer (in person, not on the internet) and let a professional determine the "why" of the summons.
If you look then you'll likely be surprised at how affordable many lawyers are; but, if not, then please do not discuss the case on the internet... wait (patiently and silently) for the PD.
Wishing your mom luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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