Q: My Daughter is a single Mother and got caught stealing and leaving the scene of an accident. Help!
My Daughter stole to pay rent since she was an unemployed Mother of 3. The officer arrested her and gave her citations for stealing and resisting arrest. She didn't go to court so a warrant was issued. She got a job with a health and wellness program where she got to drive the company truck. Last November she was turning left at a "T" in the road and hit an oncoming car. She fled the scene of the accident. She knew this was wrong but she was scared. After this happened my wife paid her bond to of $500 for the previous warrants and then my Daughter turned herself in. The resulting tickets issued were DUTY OF DRVR IN ACC, CARELESS DRIVING, DUTY DRV-ACC INV PRO DAM and NO INSURANCE. She is scheduled to go to court for the stealing and resisting on 3/14/18 and the 4 citations from the accident on 3/13/18. She was appointed an Attorney for the 4 tickets from the accident but she was told that assistance wasn't available for the stealing and resisting arrest. Kansas City, MO
A: Not sure why she couldn't get a public defender for the theft & resisting charges. She needs to see why that is. It will help if she checks with the bar association to see if there are any volunteer attorneys etc. That way if she goes to court she can tell the judge what she did to find an attorney herself, and ask that she get the public defender.
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