If I was denied a court appointed attorney at my arraignment, can I still request one at my first pre-trial conference?
Question Details: I was charged with dealing in meth, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining common nuisance for an open container. I lost my job because of the arrest so I can't afford a lawyer now.
Yes, you are allowed to renew your request for a court-appointed attorney and if circumstances changed since the first denial (e.g. you had your job at the arraignment, but lost it after that), you may qualify for one. However, if your employment and financial circumstances are the same at they had been when first denied, it is very unlikely that the court will change its mind and appoint a lawyer.
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