Q: What should I expect at a pretrial for retail fraud if I don’t have an attorney with me?
I have no prior record. The judge isn’t allowing me a court appointed attorney and I cannot afford one. The total amount of stolen goods was $91.28.
A: Woe for me to ever suggest a person accused of a crime go to court without an attorney. But the fact the judge didn't appoint one for you makes it highly likely that you will not go to jail. At the pretrial conference, you will meet with the prosecutor. You may elect either to enter a plea to the offer he or she proposes, or set the case for trial. If you elect a trial, the judge may decide to appoint an attorney for you because the chances of you going to jail may increase.
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