Does my 17 year old son have the right to a court appointed attorney in a misdemeanor case if the states attorney is not seeking jail time?

I am disabled and cannot afford a lawyer for my son. When he requested one in a misdemeanor case (he is charged with driving without a valid license) he was told by states attorney he could not have one because they were not seeking jail time? Shouldn’t he be entitled to a lawyer?

Asked on March 6, 2012 under Criminal Law, Illinois


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