There are three ways to apply for a public defender.
The first way is if you are in Jail. Someone from the Public Defender’s Office will visit you inside the jail and bring you the Application for Criminal Indigent Status for you to fill out and apply for legal representation. If you qualify for a public defender, our office will send you a letter letting you know the name and telephone number of your public defender.
The second way is if you are not in jail. If you are out of jail and cannot afford a private attorney, please follow the directions on the Clerk of the Courts website. Juvenile cases are appointed by the Court, so you can only apply at the time of your next court hearing. If you qualify for a public defender, our office will send a letter to your home address letting you know the name and telephone number of your public defender. If you do not have the $50.00 application fee, you may still apply for a Public Defender, but you will be held responsible for the fee at the conclusion of the court case.
The third way to apply happens in court. The Application for Criminal Indigent Status is available for you to complete inside the courtroom. If you qualify, you will be appointed an attorney from our office. You will be responsible for the $50 application fee.