How to obtain a Court Appointed Attorney
You may be entitled to a Court Appointed Attorney at public expense if you qualify as an indigent person and have been charged with a crime for which you may be sentenced to jail or prison if convicted. An indigent person is one who cannot hire an attorney without causing substantial hardship to himself/herself or dependent family. In addition, a court appointed attorney may be requested in a juvenile dependency (abuse or neglect), termination of parental rights, or juvenile delinquency proceedings. Persons who are involved in a civil proceeding, such as a divorce, personal injury, landlord/tenant or employment cases are not eligible for legal representation at state expense.
If you have been charged with a crime, you may request Court Appointed Attorney at your first court appearance. If you qualify, an attorney will be appointed for you. There is typically a $20 application fee, dependent upon financial eligibility, plus any contribution amounts that may be applicable. If you are convicted of a crime, the court may require you to repay some or all of the cost of your Court Appointed Attorney if it determines you are able.
Forms for Requesting a Court Appointed Attorney
Release of Information – Court Appointed Counsel (coming soon)
Application and Affidavit of Eligibility – Court Appointed Counsel (coming soon)
Set aside (expungement) of arrest and criminal court records