Applying for an Attorney
Applying For an Attorney
If the court appointed a public defender for you and you are in jail, you will automatically be assigned a public defender. Your lawyer will then make arrangements to meet with you in person, when possible, or electronically to discuss your case.
If the court appointed a public defender for you and you are not in jail, you will need to go to your closest public defender office and fill out an application. You will need to bring with you:
- $10 cash or cashiers check
- Proof of income (see below)
- Proof of any government assistance (see below…Medicaid card, food stamp proof, etc.)
Once your application is approved, an attorney will be assigned to represent you. You can then call the public defender’s office and set up a time to meet with them to discuss your case.
If you are facing charges in a county in which there is not an LOPD office, the court will appoint an attorney for you and should provide contact information for them. You can call any LOPD office for help contacting your assigned attorney.