The LCDLA FAST has been formed to address concerns about pro se guilty pleas in Lubbock County Courts-at-Law. LCDLA is concerned that unrepresented misdemeanor defendants are being encouraged by judges and court administrators to waive their right to counsel; that unrepresented misdemeanor defendants are being systematically referred by judges and court administrators to prosecutors for legal advice, including advice about waiving their right to counsel; and that judges are not adequately admonishing pro se defendants regarding the collateral consequences of their pleas of guilty. FAST is currently investigating the pro se system, and researching legal and ethical implications. FAST intends to make recommendations for action by LCDLA no later than the August 17 meeting.

If you have input regarding this matter, please contact FAST coordinators, Chuck Lanehart (chucklanehart@hotmail.com) or Rusty Gunter (rgunter@prodigy.net).

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