[In Virginia there is a pretrial hearing to make sure the Defendant knows what he is charged with, what he is going to do for an attorney (and if he is eligible for a court appointed attorney), and to set bond.]
Virginia Pretrial hearing . . .
Pretrial investigator: Your Honor, Mr. Smith was out on bond for distribution of cocaine when he was arrested for this charge of distributing cocaine. There is a presumption against the setting of a bond.
Judge: Okay, no bond. Mr. Smith, you're asking for a court appointed attorney?
Smith: Yes sir.
Judge: How long's it been since you've had a job?
Smith: 3 years.
Judge: How have you been supporting yourself for the last three years?
[comment] At this point everyone in the room looks around out at each other. We're all pretty sure how this guy's been supporting himself.
Smith: ~pause~ I've been living with my girlfriend . . .
Judge: I find that you are not indigent. You have not sought employment for the last three years. This is a choice. You are not trying to support yourself; you are not indigent. You do not get court appointed counsel.
[comment] Never seen that happen before.