Dear JACUSTOMER - He definitely needs an attorney and since he is an adult he can ask the court to appoint counsel if he cannot afford an attorney the court will appoint counsel. Of course you are permitted to hire your own attorney for him but be aware that once you hire an attorney it may be difficult to get a court appointed lawyer if you find the expenses are too much to continue with the private lawyer.
Your grandson should not make any statements to anyone but an attorney. He will need to plead not guilty and that will allow his attorney to have an opportunity to try to negotiate with the prosecutor for a lesser charge and also to make certain all of his rights are protected.
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