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He most likely will be transferred to San Bernadino.
You will want to have him hire a lawyer in the county where the case will be heard: San Bernadino.
While a lawyer in Contra Costa county would be able to represent him (ethically), it is always better to have a lawyer who is most familiar with the judges and specific court rules of the county where the caseis.
Good luck - I hope it works out.
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Thank you. Just a quick follow up. We can't afford to hire a private lawyer, will the court appointed attorney be fair and be able to represent him well? If he feels later on that the court appointed attorney is not representing him well, will the court allow him to seek another attorney?
All attorneys - paid or free - vary. Some are great, some aren't. But if he is unhappy, then he can always seek a new attorney who he will pay for.