Generally, you must file a Notice of Appeal within 30 days after the trial court ruled on your case. The form for that Notice of Appeal includes a box you can check where you are able to request a court-appointed lawyer. If your Notice of Appeal is correctly filed with the superior court and it is determined that you qualify financially, the California Appellate Project will appoint an appellate attorney to represent you.
Contact the public defender's office in the courthouse where you were convicted. PD is not required to take on appeal. If that fails, file notice of appeal with court and ask for counsel to be appointed.
Forms are available online.
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There is paperwork for you to file; A Notice of Appeal with the Court which heard your trial. http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/cr132.pdf. Let the Court know you are indigent.
Seth Weinstein, Esq.
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney
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you have to fill out a financial affidavit. Call the public defender's office in Pasadena, they will be able to walk you through it. Just google LA County Public Defender and then locate the Pas office.
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