Summons as Defendant
.....If you are summoned as defendant in a criminal case, you should receive a written copy of the charges against you and have the opportunity to consult with a lawyer for advice before you must resolve your case in court. Is there a defense to the charge, or was it not as bad as they say? You need the answers to your questions.
.....Beware that the opportunity to consult with a lawyer does not mean that you have unlimited time in which to do so. The court may find that you have waived your right to counsel, if you appear for a motions hearing or a trial without a lawyer and the court finds that you have had sufficient time since your initial court appearance to get an attorney.
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Last revised: May 13, 2017