Q: How would I find a criminal attorney in the Brandon area that is currently offering their services Pro Bono?
11-04-22 I was arrested for shoplifting at Walmart in Valrico FL and charged with F3 Petit theft, the total $109.00 (laundry soap, dog food, pillow case, carpet cleaner for urination from dogs, milk, eggnog) I was not told my charges untill I asked at his vehicle. I was not read my rights. I asked if I could smoke a cigarette, yes. I was not handcuffed. The officer took my purse from me and was " looking for my lighter" the female officer grabbed the other side of my purse and they both were rummaging through it with flashlights. I told them nevermind I left it in my car, they kept on going through it. I asked if I could leave my purse for my husband at customer service or in my car. The male officer took my purse to the back of the truck and said something to the female officer. She got my purse, I got in the police car and we went to my car. She got in my car turned it on, rolled windows up opened my trunk put my purse in. He asked if I wanted to make a statement, I said no
A: Most Attorneys do not offer pro bono services. However, the constitution guarantees you representation in any criminal case which could result in a jail sentence (or probation). If you cannot afford an attorney, the Judge in your case will appoint the Public Defender's office to represent you and you will have an attorney assigned to handle your case. If you have not had the Public Defender's office appointed, you can go to the Courthouse, or their office and request it.
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