Memphis, TN asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee

Q: what happens if i couldn't get a lawyer in time for court

i paid my bail for both selling beer to a minor and misdemeanor of a firearm, but i couldn't get a lawyer in time for court. what will happen to me.

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2 Lawyer Answers

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Cleveland, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: You have a Constitutional right to a lawyer. Just tell the Judge that you need to get a lawyer or have one appointed for you.

Tim Akpinar and Paul E. Tennison agree with this answer

Lawrence James Arnkoff

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Don't panic. If the Court determines you are indigent and cannot afford to hire

counsel an attorney will be appointed. If you are not indigent or you

prefer to hire private counsel most likely the judge will give you a

reasonable amount of time to hire one. Be prepared to tell the judge

what your current financial situation is and if you wish to hire counsel

tell the Judge you have an attorney in mind and how much time you will need to retain

him or her.

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