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I am sorry to hear about his situation. He will need a criminal defense attorney to represent him. If he can not afford to retain private counsel, he can ask to be appointed the public defender in court tomorrow. If he is going to retain private counsel, he can contact the Virgina Bar Association, who has a referral service set up, to assist. http://www.vsb.org/vlrs/index.php/public/vlrs/ He can also search a site like www.martindale.com or www.lawyers.com to find attorneys and read reviews. He should not enter any plea or say anything tomorrow, unless represented by counsel. The charges which he is facing is serious, to he does not want to do anything without speaking with an attorney first. It is not uncommon for a defendant to enter a plea of not guilty at the arraignment and then allow their attorney to review the discovery/evidence the state is going to be using against them. At a later time, they can always change their plea if a plea deal is worked out or maintain it and proceed to trial.
so, for tomorrow's arraignment, he should not answer any questions about the charges and enter a "not guilty" plea when asked how he pleads?? should he say something like "I prefer not to respond to that question without first consulting an attorney"?
Is he going to retain private counsel or ask for the public defender?
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