Once a formal case has been filed, a defendant has the right under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to waive counsel and represent himself or herself. But, before that right is waived, a Court must have advised the person that he or she has the right to be represented by an attorney or have an attorney appointed to represent them if they cannot afford one. (Penal Code 8859, 987.) In almost every circumstance, if you are charged with a crime you will want to exercise your right to obtain an attorney, whether it is having a court appoint one or if you hire an attorney yourself.
For more information about when you may have a criminal defense attorney represent you or how a private attorney can truly be the difference in your criminal matter, please contact Bristol, Haynes & Associates for a free consultation at (909) 466-5575.