Life hack sites like to claim that requesting a bilingual trial will cause minor cases to be dismissed. I have seen this on multiple sites, but it seems they have a tendency to shut down after a year or two. I can't find an active site right now, but here's a webarchive link of an older site:
If I request a bilingual trial in an extinct language like Thracian or some rare tribal language, it would be impossible for the court to oblige -- I imagine they're able to decline my request. I suspect that under the same principle they may be able to decline even if the requested language is something common like Spanish assuming the person is a native English speaker.
Is this "life hack" fake, or is there actually some substance to it?