Was arrested for domestic violence. I hired an attorney to get from arraignment to trial. I have not been happy with her, and now am told the next pretrial meeting is going to be setting a trial date and she is of course asking for more money now. I really spent all my money on that portion hoping the case would get thrown out, girl said nothing happened and it was a big misunderstaning, even hired an attorney to write a letter to the DA. From what I am reading since I have a somewhat decent job I do not qualify for a free public defender? Is this correct? Is there anywhere I can get more information on this?
You can call the Public Defender's Office and ask about what it takes to qualify or go to the courthouse and ask to complete a financial declaration for court-appointed counsel.
SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY--20 years experience
As Mr. Finnecy suggested, contact the PD's office and see if your county has a financial threshold in order to quality for the PD. Some courts do not care but some courts have you fill out a financial declaration and then decide whether you qualify for the services of the PD. Good luck.
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Talk to your attorney about your financial situation and the option to substitute in the public defender. This can happen at the next court hearing.
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