My boyfriend (for lack of better explanation) is currently incarcerated in Polson, MT. He is being held on 2 counts of Probation Violation both bonds set at $50,000. A 3rd (new) charge for obscene phone call with no bond showing so unsure if there is a bond. He was informed that the state was going to set forth procedures to revoke his original sentence. However he has no Probation Officer assigned to him and has been passed around in the system since being sentenced to 2 yrs Probation over a year ago. He tried contacting Probation back in January to schedule next appt. With no success. Then the COVID-19 Pandemic struck and he had even less success at contacting and complying with Probation. He then had an affair with his now ex-boss' wife that spiraled out of control & ending with his current arrest. He was suppose to have court last Wednesday November 18, 2020. It was continued to Wednesday November 25, 2020. The Public Defenders Office nor the jail would provide him with the proper phone number to contact his assigned attorney. The Public Defenders Office is blaming him for not contacting them since the continuance on the 18th. What should we do to proceed and ultimately get his release from the detention facility? Should we hire representation or continue with the assigned public pretender?
A criminal defense lawyer is a lawyer (mostly barristers) specializing in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. Some criminal defense lawyers are privately retained, while others are employed by the various jurisdictions with criminal courts for appointment to represent indigent persons; the latter are generally called public defenders. The terminology is imprecise because each jurisdiction may have different practices with various levels of input from state and federal law or consent decrees. Some jurisdictions use a rotating system of appointments with judges appointing a private practice attorney or firm for each case. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_defense_lawyer
If you're facing criminal charges (You were detained and imprisoned by the police), You have the right to remain silent. You should remember, that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court. You have - just like anyone else - the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an criminal defense attorney, you may qualify for a court-appointed lawyer.
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