What If I Can’t Afford A Lawyer?
Most of us get into one type of legal troubles or another. However, only some of us can actually afford an attorney to represent us in court. Even though you cannot afford a lawyer does not mean that you must handle and settle your legal issues all by yourself.
What Are Some Options for Me Since I Can’t Afford A Lawyer?
Some people will attempt to handle their legal issues by their selves, but a better decision would be to ask the court for a court appointed attorney, or also referred to as an indigent lawyer or public defender.
What is a Court Appointed Attorney?
A court appointed attorney is a lawyer that provides legal counsel to someone who has been criminally charged and cannot afford to hire an attorney on their own. Right to a court appointed attorney is a defendant’s constitutional right under the 6th Amendment. 6th Amendment rights are also known as Miranda rights.
How does a Court Appointed Attorney differ from a Lawyer I hired myself?
There is no difference between a court appointed attorney and a privately hired lawyer except for the way they are paid and how much they are paid. Typically, privately hired attorney’s charge by the hour and their fees are usually extremely high. When someone hires a private lawyer they usually pay a portion of their debt to the law firm of which the attorney is employed at. Court appointed attorneys are paid by the court and do not get paid as much. Typically, court appointed attorneys are paid for very little of the counsel that they provide. Other than the pay, both privately hired attorneys and court appointed attorneys still provide legal counsel.