posted on May, 15 2013 @ 11:29 AM
reply to post by F4guy
I don't disagree with what law says. Just explain to me why, here in Oklahoma, at a Disposition hearing (which happens before trial) why a Defendant
cannot approach the Judge themself without council? It makes no sense but is standard practice.
I know this from experience. As a Defendant, in Oklahoma, after you are arrested you are required to go to an Arraignment Hearing. This is where you
plead guilty or in most cases not guilty. If you plead not guilty they always set you up with a Disposition Hearing.
In Oklahoma County, Disposition Hearings for misdemeanor charges, like DUI, are ALWAYS held on a Thursday at 8 am. The courtroom is PACKED FULL of
Defendants who are REQUIRED to be there. These are the hearings where NOBODY can approach the bench UNLESS you are a licensed attorney.
At theses hearings defendants try to negotiate a plea with the District Attorney who is responsible for prosecuting their case or set a trial date BUT
they cannot do so directly. It has to be done through council. IF they do not have their own lawyer they are to use the Public Defender, which they
have to apply for. It's absolutely rediculous but is the standard practice here in Oklahoma County. They even have lawyers, who are not PD's which you
can hire for $50 to approach the bench for you to delay your Disposition Hearing until another day. If you sit there until 5pm and haven't had any
paperwork turned into the Judge a warrant MUST be issued for your arrest for failure to appear.That my friend is how it works in Oklahoma County.
edit on 15-5-2013 by KewlDaddyFatty because: spelling