Pompano Beach, FL asked in Criminal Law for Iowa

Q: Hello. If someone can get this message. Can you tell me if possible to get a pro bonus lawyer to represent someone

Thank you

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Katherine Sears
Katherine Sears
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Licensed in Iowa

A: It is possible (but unlikely) that an attorney will offer pro bono representation in the sort of case you're describing.  You are always free to call around and ask, but bear in mind that you are essentially asking someone to pay to work for you. Time that lawyers spend working pro bono is time that they spend accumulating expenses that aren't being paid for by a client.  Gotta pay the internet bill and the Westlaw bill (etc.) whether or not the client pays for the time the lawyer spends using those services.

The defendant in the case you're describing can apply for an attorney at public expense if he can't afford to hire a lawyer.  Here is a link to a financial affidavit he can fill out and submit to the court in support of his request:

https://spd.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/AdultAffidavit.pdf

If the defendant is indigent, the Court will appoint the public defender's office to represent him. If the public defender's office has a conflict or is too busy, he may instead be appointed either a lawyer with the juvenile public defender's office or a private attorney who contracts with the State Public Defender's Office.

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