Is it necessary to hire a lawyer for 3 misdemeanor counts?

I am going to court for 1.false info to police officer, 2. fake id to enter bar and 3.drinking as a minor. Is it necessary for me to hire a lawyer? Or will a court appointed lawyer to enough to dismiss these cases?

Asked on June 1, 2009 under Criminal Law, Arizona

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You can only get a court-appointed lawyer if you can't afford to hire one yourself.  If you can afford to hire one, you should.  One place to look for qualified attorneys is our website, http://attorneypages.com

I'm not an Arizona lawyer, but my research suggests that the underage drinking charge could cost you your driver's license for up to 180 days, among a number of possibilities.  The three charges together could add up to a mess.  You need a defense lawyer, who has all the facts of your case, to give you reliable advice about your rights, your options and your exposure.


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