Oneonta, NY asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, White Collar Crime and Civil Rights for New York

Q: Can you be tried in a criminal case D felony without a lawyer?

18 months going to court, 25 + appearances, 5 appointed attorneys, most requested release for various reasons, all releases granted by judge, days before trial started. Was informed I would be representing myself on the day trial started upon arrival to court house. Is this typical? I made the judge very aware I was not capable or prepared. Grand larceny D felony insurance fraud

1 Lawyer Answer
Andrew M. Stengel
Andrew M. Stengel
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: You do have a right to an attorney at trial. But it seems like you've had many attorneys. At some point a judge may believe that a person is changing attorneys to delay a case. But ordering a person to trial without an attorney seems extreme.

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