I am currently charged with 2 theft
charges. In short the state is accusing me of stealing from a non profit I founded and financed. The board of directors played no role in filing the charges and believe I did not steal from the organization. The criminal
charges resulted from a civil regulatory division of the attorney generals non profit office
They also were very aggressive shutting down the company and my ability to pay for my defense which the board approved. The state felt it was inappropriate to indemnify me despite the bylaws allowing for board members to be. I did manage to qualify for a public defender
The PD requested funds for an expert witness. The judge did approve it but has only approved partial payments. We have gone through 3 hearings to get the payments approved. At every hearing the judge has required me to testify regarding my finacial status with opposing counsel present. The judge at the second hearing ordered that if I win my case that I would have to pay the county back the full amount out of my 401k account which is currently been frozen due to the criminal charges. At my latest hearing to release a payment the judge raised concerns about the county taxpayers footing the bill for my defense and once again asked me numerous questions in front of opposing counsel. I currently have a job which pays me at the federal poverty level . The judge ordered me to submit once again all of my financial documentation for the past 2 years
Sorrry for the long background before question. My questions are: 1. If I qualified for public defender and was approved can the judge continue to raise issues regarding my financial status while I await trial
which has been over 2 years? 2. Can judge put a lien on my 401k to pay for expert despite qualifying and being approved for public defender. 3. Is it not unfair to put me on the stand in open court
in front of opposing counsel? 4. Is not the partial payments to my expert create unnecessary delays in finishing his review and his motivation to review the case thouroughly?