My question involves criminal law for the state of: Utah
I recently wrote a letter to my judge asking for new council, due to the numerous calls I've made and only one call back the day before court. I had previously spoke with council before having to take a court appointed attorney, and had been informed that my civil rights were violated and that i had a strong case. Being disabled i just do not have the funding for private council. and instead of asking me anything or going over my paper work, my PD wants me to take a deal. (PD has assumed i'm being charged due to previous charges years ago that have been dismissed) I've received a text message my last court date of the DA's "global offer" which is only on the table for a short time or unless the Federal Law picks it up.
1- am i doing the right thing by asking for another?
2- my Passenger was charged also, his paper work says a lesser charge then the court documents, which ones are correct?
3- He also cannot afford an attorney. but has a house and other things that he cant sell due to the economy, can he get a court appointed attorney?
He also has way to much to lose, should i submit my statement that what he had in his possession was mine, and would it cover and get him off?