Do I need a lawyer for a pretrial hearing?

Had a fight with sister. She pressed
charges for domestic violence. I’ve
been denied a court appointed attorney.
I barely make enough to pay my bills,
so can’t afford to hire a lawyer
without getting a loan. Do I have to
have a lawyer for the pretrial? I can
get no help or questions answered from
the court

Asked on April 9, 2017 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If your sister is intending to go through with this then yes, I would hire an attorney and I would have done it way before a pre-trial hearing.  Generally if you own a home you can not be appointed an attorney in most states.  It is an asset that you can borrow against.  But I would ask when you go before the Judge in open court and on the record.  I would also go to your local bar association and see if there is a pro-bono program you can apply for.  I would also go to legal services or legal aid and see if they have a sliding scale for services (ask the Bar Association as well).  Good luck.


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