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My grandson is going to be arrested probably by March 19 -

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My grandson is going to be arrested probably by March 19 - what is the procedure to get a court appointed defense lawyer

Lawyer's Assistant: What was your grandson charged with exactly? Are there any upcoming court dates?

Yes a family court date on March 19 at 3 pm.

Lawyer's Assistant: In what state did this occur?

Michigan - abuse and neglect of a minor

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Is there a charge for this

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My grandson should be talking to the lawyer - is there a phone number he can call so he can speak directly to a lawyer.

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Lawyer: Zoey, JD, Attorney replied 4 months ago

Public defense lawyers must be appointed by the judge. So when your grandson goes to court for his first court date, and his charges are read out into the record and he's asked how he pleads, he should plead not guilty to keep his rights open. Then he can simply tell the judge that he is poor and lacks the funds to hire his own lawyer. He would then ask the judge to appoint him a free one. The judge will generally do so and adjourn the case for a new date. Your grandson's lawyer will appear on that court date and take it from there.

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I no longer need your service - I need a lawyer that could actually be in the court.
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