Court Appointed Attorney
You may be granted a court appointed attorney if you have been arrested. Watch this video to learn how one is obtained if you can’t afford to hire one.
How do you obtain a court appointed lawyer?
If you’ve been charged with a crime or a traffic offense that has a significant magnitude, such as jail time or a suspension of your driving privileges, you’re allowed to apply for a public defender. It’s a form called a 5A Form. You reveal all your financial assets, your job, and the members of your household. The judge will then review that, and if you’re eligible, you can pay as much as $200 for the public defender. However, even people that apply for and are accepted for the public defender may decide they want a little more attention paid to their case with a private lawyer.
Every case has a story, every person has a back story, and sometimes the public defenders could be a little busy to get it all. I’ve handled many cases as a private attorney for people who decided they might qualify but they want the attention. Therefore, they’re willing to pay for a private lawyer to get the attention because they have a story to tell and they’d like somebody to listen. Even if you qualify for a public defender, but want to consult with a local experienced attorney, I would suggest you do that.
Were you or a loved one arrested or accused of a crime and have questions about how to obtain a court-appointed lawyer? Contact New Jersey criminal lawyer Carl Spector today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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