I can't afford a criminal defense attorney. Yet I'm not sure if I will qualify for a public defender due to my household income. What can I do? I am 19 years old. This is my first offense and my arraignment is the end of next month.
Go to the Public Defender. You might be surprised. Do you still live with your parents? Is that the stumbling block?
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You should reach out to the local public defender's office to determine whether or not you are eligible. Your question suggests that's in Nassau County so that would be the Legal Aid Society for Nassau County. Additionally, by reaching out to them early, you may be able to get a jump on your case with them as far as discussing your case and a potential plea. If for some reason they are unable to represent you (such as a conflict of interest) then the court can assign an 18-b public defender, as long as you qualify. The court will make this determination as far as whether or not you are financially eligible.
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Call a criminal defense attorney. Most will speak to for free over the phone. After a few minutes, they will be able to tell you how much representation will cost. You may be surprised. If your case is small the fee will be small.
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