Yes! They are called public defenders and the judge will appoint one for your boyfriend if he cannot afford to hire a private attorney. Your boyfriend will need to fill out the application/indigency petition.
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I agree with Attorney Phillips Finney. Your BF should be appointed a Public Defender if he meets the strict income and asset guidelines.
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Yes. Public defenders are appointed to represent people who can't afford an attorney.
Public defenders are skilled and hard working. That being said, they also have a lot of cases and may not be able to discuss your case with you in the detail you would prefer. Have your boyfriend make an appointment to go see a good criminal defense attorney like Nick Lee and find out what it really costs.
Lee Criminal Defense
800 S Gay St, Ste 700
Knoxville, TN, 37929-9741
Now some friendly (not legal) advice: Don't pay your boyfriend's bill. It sets a bad precedent. Make sure he pays his own attorney.
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I agree. Please have him apply with the court for a public defender. Sometimes, the courts actually appoint private attorneys. However, your boyfriend will have no choice about who he gets.
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