Marion, IA asked in Criminal Law for Oklahoma

Q: I was bonded out on a $20,000 Bond went to court was told that I couldn't get a court-appointed lawyer

I have no job I can't afford a lawyer felony possession of a firearm

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Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: Public defenders, or other state provided criminal defense attorneys, are generally reserved for the indigent or poor. First and foremost they are responsible for representing the majority of in custody criminal defendants who don’t have the money to bond out and go home pending the resolution of their criminal cases. These attorneys are horribly overworked and have prodigious caseloads entry day. So when somebody finds the money to bond out, whether they pay for it themselves , or have family or friends do so, the Courts (judges) are very reluctant to appoint these same overburdened state provided attorneys to the criminal defendants who are sleeping at home in their beds and eating at McDonald’s. That doesn’t mean you won’t get a public defender appointed, but it will be much more difficult and there’s a chance the judge could put you back into custody in order to provide you with such representation.

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