Does a person have to pay for a public defender if he is assigned one by the court? South Dakota

Asked over 1 year ago - Lexington, KY

The judge asked if he could afford a lawyer or wanted a public defender. He said no he could not afford one and wanted a public defender. He is in jail now and he gets a bill from his public defender.

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  1. Frank Mascagni III

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . I don't practice in South Dakota, but in KY, the Court has the authority to assess a Public Defender fee depending on the individual case. Most PD services are provided for free to the indigent defendants. But, based on income, the Court can charge a modest fee for the client to pay for the services of the PD.

    I am trying to give you a general answer to your question. We do not have an attorney-client relationship by this... more
  2. Joe Wayne Hendricks Jr.

    Contributor Level 12

    Answered . Each state has different rules about public defenders. Some have application fees. Others assess fees only if you have been convicted once the case is over.

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