July 17, 2024

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Denver kids, teens to now get free public defenders in municipal court

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Young people ages 10 to 18 who are accused of municipal violations in Denver can receive free legal representation from a public defender starting Thursday, thanks to a law unanimously passed by the City Council in December.

Before the law changed, young people in Denver who were ticketed and charged in municipal court with alleged crimes such as alcohol possession, trespassing, theft and minor assault were not offered free legal representation and could not receive courtroom advice from judges or city attorneys.

As a result, many kids immediately pleaded guilty because they felt they had no other choice. 

Wealthier parents who could afford it hired private attorneys to represent their child.

And if a kid wanted to challenge their case but their parents couldn’t…

Tatiana Flowers

2024-07-10 04:02:00

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