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Should my minor son have an attorney at a detention hearing?

My son was caught in possession of a loaded handgun at a friend's house by police. We are told by the Probation Office that a public defender will not be assigned until after the detention hearing. He has no prior record and is a good student. Can we get him out or is it totally up to the judge? Does he enter a plea without representation?

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    Peter Goldscheider | Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    438 Cambridge Ave. Suite 250
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 323-8296
    He should have an attorney now and if you can afford it I would not rely on the public defender.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/14/2015
    Edward J. Blum | Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    3699 Wilshire Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    (213) 479-5322
    Yes. If he can't afford one a public defender will be appointed.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/13/2015
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