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California: A gun went off by my fathers had in his home,

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California: A gun went off by my father's had in his home, the bullet was found in the floor directly down. He said he was cleaning his gun when it went off. But instead he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and discharge of a firearm. He does not have money for a lawyer, but is saving up. His court date is next week. 2 questions.

1. How does he get the police report from DA if he has not lawyer but wants to see what is going on?

2. Post-pone arraignment until he can afford to get a lawyer?

He wants an attorney, but he cannot afford one but he is expecting to have the money a month after the arraignment, he does not want to loose any opportunities that he would have had, had he had a lawyer upfront.



He can go to court and at this initial hearing he should plead not guilty and request a public defender. That will get him legal counsel and a postponement. At that time, the Public Defender can get the police report



Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Is that the only way he can get the police report?



He can file his appearance in the matter "pro se" This is done at the court house. Then he can write the police agency noting he has filed his appearance and request the report for discovery purposes.


Then when he goes to court, he needs to plead not guilty, withdraw his appearance and request the public defender



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