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24 year old son moved home after loss of job applied for the dwi indgent program denied because household income to high.

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We dont carry him on our taxes can they use our income to deny indgent status?

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  1. There is an assumption that if you can make bond,you can hire a lawyer. Court Appointed Attorney's are almost always reserved for those who are incarcerated. That being said, he can always present an affidavit of indigence to the court,and request appointed counsel. I wish you and your family the best.

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  2. Yes. It is completely within the discretion of the judge whether a person qualifies for a court appointed attorney. Many judges will say, "You look like an able-bodied young man to me. Go find a job." The judge also likely believes that, because you are paying for his other expenses, you can pay for his attorney. If he wants to forfeit his bond, he can go into custody and get a court-appointed attorney.

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  3. I'm not sure what you mean by DWI indigent program. Travis County uses court appointed attorneys for all types of criminal offenses. Many attorneys, like myself, offer payment plans for those clients who are having a hard time financially but don't meet the guidelines for court appointed counsel.
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