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Thanks Doug for responding. Not sure of exact details. He knows he may have to sit in jail for awhile until the case is heard from a judge. He is not financially sound to pay for a expensive lawyer. He may qualify for a public defender. What are the SPECIFICS around that--fincancial, etc..
I think he originally went to court, maybe for initial proceeding when charged, then he got an adjournment...they spelled his name incorrectly and I believe hi case "fell into the cracks". If he is available to receive a public defender, when he gets off the plane in NC, he wants to go straight there. If he is not able to get a pd, what is your suggestion? Thanks PS. I wish he was here right now to give you more information.
What are the requirements for him to get a public defender in the state of North Carolina? No, he has no family. What do you mean by alternatives?What do you mean by "leaves". Do you mean leaves the state before the trial comes up? He needs legal counsel. How can (or can he get) legal counsel through the PD's office?
Good morning Heidi,Thanks for the clarification. I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. I was called out to a meeting. I am back now and can finish answering any questions you might have.I was postponing the discussion of "how to qualify" for a PD because I don't want to see him sit in jail for 6 to 12 months waiting for a trial.However, in order to qualify for a public defender he will have to show that he has little in the way of assets/cash reserves, and that his income is at roughly poverty level. Which if he goes back to NC, it most likely will be.If her arrives there with no place to live, and no significant cash---such that he will qualify for a PD, then how will he live starting day one he is able to post bail? That is my initial concern.Because he left the state after the adjournment and did not return for trial or keep the prosecutor or court notified of his whereabouts, he is considered to have skipped out.. There is almost certainly a warrant for his arrest.Hiring a private attorney to deal with the issue of leaving the state and then dealing with the theft charges could become very expensive. He will need a PD, and so long as he has no cash in the bank, does not own real property and has few assets and minimal wages from employment locally there---he will qualify for a PD.The court will not appoint the PD to represent him until after he turns himself in and has had the initial court hearing on the issue of his leaving the state and not appearing for trial. The the PD can defend him on that crime, as well as the underlying charges.While he is employed in CA, he obviously will not be allowed to come back to CA to work, and so his income will be zero---and that is my concern. If he can not get a place to live and feed himself in NC while waiting for trial---he may be tempted to leave the state in order to survive---and that would severely compound his problems. He also will not find out what the court will set as bail until he goes to the first hearing. If he cannot afford the bail, then they will hold him in jail until the trial.You may reply back to me again, using the Reply to Expert link, if you have additional questions.I wish you the best in your future,Doug
Thank you Doug!! You were great and I will certainly "praise" you highly.