Dina Mayling Sheridan’s Answers

Dina Mayling Sheridan

Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Can I request a court appointed attorney after having a paid attorney

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Okorie Okorocha
    2. Dina Mayling Sheridan
    2 lawyer answers

    I practice in Florida so my answer is of a more general nature for you. Judges typically must make an inquiry of you to determine your financial status. Some will ask about how much you make per month or per year. Some will ask more general questions. Nevertheless, if you can no longer afford your private attorney, you may request a court-appointed one, but you should do so as soon as possible. If that request is denied, you should consider seeking out a legal service organization who may...

  2. My daughter has been charged with a misdemeanor disorderly person and we have been denied a court-appointed attorney.

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Timothy J. Klisz
    2. Dina Mayling Sheridan
    2 lawyer answers

    I need to begin by saying that I do not practice law in your state so this information is of a more general nature. You should be aware that the judge should typically make an inquiry as to whether or not a person desires counsel at a first appearance hearing (if the person was arrested) or at an arraignment. In your jurisdiction, the request for counsel may also be made by filing paperwork, as you have indicated. However, the procedure does not end there. The judge also determines whether...