Sartell, MN asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota

Q: I'm in Minnesota can I be force to fight a criminal case without a attorney been denied a public defender I'm unemployed

But I'm married and stay with my wife..

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Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Yes. If you do you not qualify for a public defender, you will have to pay for your own counsel. Most attorneys will provide a free consultation. Reach out and see what fees look like, they may be more affordable than you think. Not having an attorney will not get you out from under the criminal matter.

William Bailey agrees with this answer

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Since a judge can deny public defender representation based on qualification, yes. But the court will consider a new application, with updated, new, or more accurate information.

William Bailey agrees with this answer

William Bailey
William Bailey
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Bloomington, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Yes, you will still have to deal with your case even if you do not have a lawyer. You can try to apply for a public defender again with updated financial information or you can reach out to a private attorney. Many of us offer free consultations.

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