Talked to Bear today and he said he still hasn't heard from his lawyer. I was told that after he completed the packet it should only be 2-3 days before a lawyer was assigned. He turned in the packet Wednesday night over a week ago.
Bear also told me that he'd been told if he pled guilty and waived his right to a trial he would get only 6 months in jail (since this was a first time offense), but if he went to trial he could get the death penalty. To me this sounds like hooey, being told to him to get him to confess and build their case against him.
We're still unable to get him his meds and he is questioning whether or not he should try to get on them, because he was told that the cost of the meds would be added on to any fines and would extend his jail time to pay for them... which at $1500-2000/month for meds means he might never get out! This doesn't really make any sense to me either.
I told Bear of my concerns and told him what I should have told him weeks ago. SHUT UP! He has the right to remain silent. Anything he says can and WILL be used against him in a court of law. This includes what he says to cell mates, including his cousin and friends of bio family. It's probably way too late, but better late than never.
Basically everyone has told me Bear and I need to give all this information to Bear's lawyer... who he doesn't have!
I called the jail administrator today to find out what the heck is going on. He connected me to the county court house and I found out Bear had been assigned a lawyer last Friday. I got his name and number and left a message.
I consulted with our free Pre-Paid Legal lawyer and he advised me to let the public defender know that Bear has concerned parents firmly in his corner. That sometimes knowing a defendant has people who care about him, might raise the lawyer's estimation of our son. I fully intend to do so.
I gave Hubby a heads up that we might need to be there for Bear's trial. He was not thrilled.
During our 15 minute phone call, Bear asked how Kitty took the news of him being in jail. I tried to sugarcoat it a little (she basically said she wasn't surprised and he deserved it after selling drugs to Freshman - a rumor she'd heard). I told him she wasn't surprised and wasn't really happy with him because of the rumors she'd heard. He denied the rumors of course - which I ignored. I also told him that their relationship would improve as they got older and more mature. I gave as an example my little sister and I. We didn't get along at all in high school, but were much better friends as we got older and worked on it.
Kitty walked through the room as I was talking to Bear and overheard part of the conversation. She asked me what we'd talked about and I told her. She accused me of tattling to Bear. I assured her that I'd downplayed it a lot.
Pretty funny that they both seem to care so much about what the other thinks of them, and yet really care nothing about each other.