My first attorney absconded with my retainer ($3750) shortly after I posted a $2700 bond so within 24 hours of the arrest, I was left without any financial resources to obtain new counsel until my grievance filed with the State Bar of Georgia against my former counsel is resolved. The snowball effect has created an abrupt, and overwhelming amount of debt ( though I pray this is temporary) and having been granted my one-time continuance, I need to raise funds to hire new counsel since I legally do not qualify for court-appointed counsel despite my current lack of financial resources. No, it's not actually a "right" that you receive a public defeunder if can't afford one...you simply have the right to request it.
I can't in good conscience admit to something I didn't do in an effort to reduce the potential severity of the outcome. I have always been a peacemaker and advocate of peaceable resolution, but I will not stand down against what amounts to a cover-up just to avoid embarrassment. Not when that "laughable" mistake has upturned every facet of my life. I would rather live with a clear conscience of knowing I fought as hard as I could, than the regret of fearing undue consequences for a crime I didn't commit. Thank you.
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