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I am sorry for your situation.
I am guessing that this is in Oklahoma?
Generally speaking, one has a right to counsel if charged with a criminal
“The right to counsel is the right to the effective assistance of counsel.” (McMann v. Richardson, 1970)
A defendant has the right to “effective aid in the preparation and trial
of the case.” (Powell v. Alabama, 1932)
“The right to counsel prevents the States from conducting trials at which persons who face incarceration must defend themselves without adequate legal assistance.” (Cuyler v. Sullivan, 1980)
However, one needs to request
this from the Court
. Normally, the first hearing is simply the arraignment where one is read their rights, is formally read of the charge, and the matter is then RESET (several times, actually) to allow your attorney and the prosecutor to negotiate.
At the first hearing, one may request counsel. The Court will then decide whether or not to provide one based on one's financial information.
Even if not, then the case will be reset to allow one to find counsel, often without even the court requiring the Defendant to enter a plea.
I hope this helps. Good luck.
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