First talk to private attorneys, get their prices and see what they offer and then, if you still feel you are unable to qualify for a PD, then contact the PD.
Elliot Zarabi www.FreeCriminalConsultation.com 213-612-7720 This answer does not constitute full legal advise. I do not know the full details of the case and therefore cannot make a full determination on your case or your answer. I always recommend speaking to an attorney in detail regarding your case.
I agree.. There are a lot of attorneys who will take payments. If it is a traffic matter, it should not be too expensive. I would be happy to help answer questions if needed. I am in the riverside courts everyday.
I wish I could give you a bright line income figure, but I cannot, because some Public Defender Offices will take debt and expenses into account. Please be advised that if you are eligible for a public defender, sometimes the Judge will order to pay the County a reasonable portion of the services given to you, so it is not always free. I suggest following my colleague's advice: contact private attorneys in your area, and see what the quotes are, and make your decision accordingly. good luck.
In many counties, a gross income of between $1,000 to $1,500 will qualify you for a public defender. Of course they look at your household expenses, who you are supporting and rent and other such things.
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