Q: My 14 year old son got charged with disorderly conduct and appointed a public defender.
The public defender says my son has to make his own appointment and I cannot be present during his appointment. Is that legal?
A: The Public Defender can absolutely speak to your son alone. There is nothing illegal about an attorney speaking with their client in private. If you are not pleased with the Public Defender, you are always welcome to hire a private criminal defense attorney to assist your son with this matter.
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