Thank you for that clarification.
The answer is no. He cannot:
"Every person held to answer in any crime or offense punishable by deprivation of liberty shall have the right to counsel
at the expense of the state if need is shown." State v. Scarborough, 124 NH 363 - NH: Supreme Court 1983
By "deprivation of liberty," this includes imprisonment, what your son may be facing if convicted of these charges.
As such, he cannot be denied an attorney. What the Court normally does is continue to push him to get an attorney. The Court may have even required him to get a number of attorney business cards as "proof" that he spoke with attorneys.
If in the end, he simply cannot
afford one, the Court should appoint one before the sentencing, even if this means pulling an attorney that just happens to be in the Court momentarily and attaching them to the matter.
So in the end, if he cannot afford counsel, he will be appointed an attorney, but the Court is likely to use pressure and scare him into attempting to get one himself until/unless last possible minute, because the Court does not like to appoint counsel unless absolutely necessary.
I hope this helps and clarifies.
Also, since finances are an issue, I can recommend three resources. First, here is a list of all pro bono work in the state...http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/directory/newhampshire.html
…and another list:http://www.lawhelp.org
Finally, you may call your local law school and see if they have a legal clinic place available. The legal clinic is a free service the school(s) provide to the community. While they are often overbooked, they have openings sometimes. Here is the list law schools in your state:http://www.hg.org/law-schools-new-hampshire.asp
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