Will i automatically go to jail??

i have a 3 year old charge charge for home invasion (3rd degree) and completed 67 days and 6 months probation. I made a stupid decision to commit retail fraud from a store and was arrested. I posted a $50 bond and have to go to court tomorrow. I live in the poverty level. If I go to jail I will loose my apartment and everything in it. I could loose my car and possibly the joint rights of my children. I don’t have a lawyer. Do I plead not guilty or not guilty? Is it worth hiring a criminal law attorney to keep me from going to jail? I’m in Marquette County, MI.

Asked on October 16, 2011 under Criminal Law, Michigan

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

When you show up for the arraignment, you need to advise the court that you cannot afford legal counsel and request the appointment of a court appointed counsel. Be prepared to show your income information to show that you are entitled to court appointed counsel.

If you are not appointed counsel, it is in your best interests to retain a criminal defense attorney regarding your current situation. As to you automatically going to jail, I have no information to comment on your question.

Good luck.


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