if you are legally indigent and unable to hire a lawyer,the court must appoint you one. Check with the clerk of court to see who, if anyone, the court appointed. If you prefer to retain an attorney, you can certianly do that and should right away. The same lawyer normally (without waivers) will not be able to represent the 2 of you but the same judge may preside over both cases.
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Whether or not you qualify for a court-appointed attorney depends on your financial status. Obviously, this varies from person to person so one co-defendant could qualify and not another. It could also be that his attorney just handles his communications differently. Nothing much happens before the first court date, so you could have a court appointed attorney who is planning on getting started at the first setting.
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Normally in Texas a defendant has to fill out a written application for a court appointed attorney before the court appoints one.
Yes, it is possible to have a case with two defendants where one has an appointed lawyer and one does not. This is because appointment of counsel is normally done based on the defendant being financially unable to hire a lawyer.
You can contact the clerk of the court or the court's administrator to inquire whether a lawyer has been appointed to represent you.
However, if you can afford a lawyer and want to have control over who represents you, you need to meet with some criminal defense lawyers. Most do not charge for the first visit.
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