Q: I plead not guilty to a traffic ticket and was not offered a public defender is this legal ?
I went into court for a traffick ticket for not removing my keys from my vehicle. This occured at my resdential house and the car was locked. They are trying to get me with part B of the law which states that if i have had one predicate traffic violation in 1 year its a 4th degree mistemandor. I only have a seatbelt ticket violation.
9/10/18 This is local ordnance in my hometown Hillsboro,Oh 76.02(B). When i was awoken at 5 in the morning and informed my car was wrecked I couldnt believe it at first. When i seen my car gone i was shocked. When i reported it stolen they told me i wrecked the vehicle and i was lying. I have never driven the vehicle in my life at all. My brother is currently under investigation by the same presinct and my dad has a very bad past with the judge in my local town. I believe i am being rail roaded by the law of my land and I could really use some advice.
A: You have a right to an attorney if you face a possible jail sanction. If it’s just a minor misdemeanor traffic ticket (punishable only by a fine), there is no right to counsel at public expense though you can still hire an attorney. Also, you may want to ask for attorney. You have a right to one if it’s not a minor misdemeanor, but technically you have to apply. They don’t have to offer though many courts do.
It’s hard to imagine a railroading on a minor misdemeanor since the worst they can possible do is $300-$400 in fines and costs.
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