Can I Be Denied a Public Defender?

Yes — if a judge determines that you make too much money or that your assets are too great, the judge will deny your request for a public defender.   A man of sufficient means has a right to hire his own lawyer, however, a judge will not appoint a public defender to represent him.   A government-provided lawyer is only guaranteed for the indigent (poor).

Jeremy Richey

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