I called a lawyer and talked about my case and he told me that because I am over the age of 18 and unemployed I qualify for a public defender. But I am in need of a job and my court date isn't until May. I do not want to wait until May just so I can qualify for a public defender.
DUI / DWI Attorney
You don't need to be employed. Whether or not you qualify is another story. I'd call the public defender's office now to inquire. but in all likelihood, you may have to wait until your court date to fill out the application paperwork. Good luck.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
Every county is different in terms of what is considered indigent in order to qualify for the public defender. Some counties like Sacramento generally do not as to one's financial status and just appoint the PD except in DUI cases. In other counties, they make you fill out a financial declaration signed under penalty of perjury as to your income. I would say if you bring home less than $1,000 gross income a month you would qualify. If you bring home more than that, then they might ask about your obligations - food, rent, car payment, electric and gas bills and if you support anyone other than yourself.
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