Riverbank City Councilman Jesse James White got a new attorney and a new court date during a brief appearance Friday morning in Stanislaus County Superior Court.
Judge Dawn Reeves appointed Deputy Public Defender Marcus Mumford to represent White, who earlier said he no longer can afford a private attorney.
Previously, White had been represented by Mary Lynn Belsher against charges of drunken driving, crashing his Corvette and leaving behind his injured 4-year-old son Feb. 20 in Oakdale.
Belsher unsuccessfully argued to stay on as White's attorney at the taxpayers' expense because she was well-versed in the case.
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Reeves gave Mumford more time to familiarize himself with the case. White agreed to extend the court date until Nov. 30, when the attorneys will return to set a trial date.
White faces three felony charges: driving under the influence causing injury, DUI with a blood-alcohol content of 0.24 percent causing injury and child endangerment. A blood-alcohol content of 0.24 percent is three times the legal limit.
White also has been charged with three misdemeanor counts: hit-and-run causing injury, hit-and-run causing property damage and resisting an officer.
White, elected to the council in 2008, is not running for re-election.