How do I get a Public Defender?
Everyone has the right to be represented by an attorney in Justice Court. If you are charged with an offense that has the possibility of jail time, and you cannot afford an attorney, the Court can appoint an attorney to represent you at no cost. If the offense you are charged with qualifies for a public defender, the Judge will ask if you would like one appointed. If you say yes, you will get an application form to determine if you financially qualify. You will need to return the application form to the Public Defender's Office, who makes the decision.