Saturday, March 11, 2006

Right to a lawyer before jail

New Jersey news:
The federal and state constitutions guarantee that indigent "deadbeat" parents have the right to a lawyer when facing jail time at child support hearings, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
One time I was in family court, and a poor Mexican-American man said in broken english that he had no money to pay. The judge warned him that he might want a lawyer, because he might end up in jail if he is not believed. I don't know whether he understood or not.

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