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Is it legal to be denied a public defendor in a municipal court trial if im indident

Montrose, CO |

i took a shoplifting charge to trial and i am a stay at home mom bf is on unemployment i applied with the municipal court for publi defendor and was denied

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Generally, if the City prosecutor states to the court it will not seek any jail sentence then the court will not grant you a public defender. However, there is still some controversy over this issue.

Remember it is legal and permitted until a higher court says it is prohibited.


In Municipal Court, you will be denied appointed counsel if the city attorney agrees to waive the possibility of jail. This does not bar you from obtaining counsel through the private sector.
Jay Tiftickjian
Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C.