I've been charged with unemployment fraud in Arizona I have been making payments to the Arizona DES and now it's my time for court I cannot afford an attorney will there be a public defender at the time of the summons I received
At felony arraignments there is a public defender that stands in for everyone that doesn't have an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed for you.
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There is likely to be a public defender there at that time. If there is not a public defender there at your appointed time, all you have to do is ask the judge to appoint you one. The court may have you fill out a public defender eligibility form.
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You are entitled to court-appointed counsel in a criminal matter upon request if you are unable to afford to retain a lawyer.
If you can establish that you are eligible, a court appointed attorney will be assigned to you. It will either be a public attorney (public defender, legal defender, legal advocate) or a private attorney who has a contract with the county to take overflow cases in indigent defense. Good luck to you.
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