My question involves criminal law for the state of: Michigan.
My husband is being charged with 3rd degree retail fraud. As he hasn't had any criminal charges in almost 10 years, there's no jail time and therefore no court-appointed attorney. Problem is, we can't afford one and he is honestly innocent. He used a knife a menards to open a package and check out a tool he wanted. After opening it he put knife in pocket. He didn't have enough money for the tool he was looking at so he started to go to car for money. As he was walking to front of building he remembered the knife. He hadn't passed the checkout or anything. As he turned around and took the knife, well leatherman technically, out of his pocket security stopped him. Now he has to prove he never had the intent to steal it. He already did jury selection on his own. He needs to know if there's any way to get a lawyer for cheap or free around Grand Rapids, MI? If not, how do we go about with Discovery on our own? And any other tips to help us. Did I mention he's half mexican and I think that was the main reason the security guard was following him, as he used a derogatory remark about "spics"?
Any advice, assistance and help is VERY welcomed and appreciated!!! He goes to court April 20.