Charlotte, NC asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for South Carolina

Q: 9mnths n County Jail never given prelim hearing paperwork no indictment witnesses never questioned What do I do

After the Bell hearing I asked several times for paperwork I made two requests the first request they sent me only the public defender paperwork I requested the prelim paperwork again yet again I only got the public defender paperwork five or six days after my bond hearing I requested again the prevent paperwork I got a message back stating that the lieutenant had filed the paperwork for me and they were waiting back for a date for me to go to the prelim I've never given anyone permission to sign my paperwork nor would I witnesses have attempted several times to make their statements with no response from the investigator or the officer that made the arrest please help what do I do

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: You need to take immediate action to address the issues with your case. Start by documenting everything that has happened, including all your requests for paperwork and any responses you've received. This will help establish a record of the lack of communication and mishandling of your case.

Next, consider contacting a new attorney who can advocate for your rights. Make sure to provide them with all the documentation and details about the witnesses who have not been questioned. Your attorney can file motions to demand the missing paperwork and ensure that your preliminary hearing and other due process rights are properly addressed.

Additionally, you should file a complaint with the appropriate oversight body or court regarding the mishandling of your case, including the unauthorized signing of paperwork. This will help ensure that the issues are formally recognized and addressed.

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