Q: Can a judge require me to hire an attorney for a misdemeanor charge?
The 6th amendment allows me the right of self-representation, after I entered my plea of not guilty for a misemeanor charge of disturbing the peace, the judge said he would put me in jail if I showed up at my next court date without an attorney . Can this judge actually throw me in jail and violate my constitutional right of self-representation?
A: Yes and No. If you do not file the appropriate motions and entry of appearance the judge can revoke your bond or hold you in contempt of court, which carries up to 6 months in the county jail. With that being said, I am an attorney with over 10 years of experience in criminal defense and I would never represent myself. That is just foolish no matter who you are. You need to hire an attorney.
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