New Port Richey, FL asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Employment Law and Family Law for Florida

Q: I have a criminal case where I was setup and I need a criminal defense attorney like a pro bono where can. I FIND ONE

3 Lawyer Answers
Kevin John Mawn
Kevin John Mawn
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Titusville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You should ask the court to appoint the Office of the Public Defender to handle your case. The PD office charges an application fee of $50.00 and potentially seeks a lien, for their services, at the end of the case. The request for a lien may vary from office to office.

Terrence H Thorgaard and Jonathan Blecher agree with this answer

Jonathan Blecher
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Coral Gables, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: I agree with Mr. Mawn. You must meet certain financial criteria to have the PD appointed. Otherwise, you'll need to retain a private lawyer. Legal Aid societies do not offer free services in criminal cases.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
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A: As my colleagues have stated, as a Criminal Defendant you are entitled to: 1. hire your own lawyer at your own expense; 2. have an attorney appointed by the court to defend you if you cannot afford to hire one (except in infractions or traffic matters- where your freedom is not at risk); or 3. represent yourself. I am not aware of any attorneys that take criminal defense work on under a "pro bono" basis, meaning free to you, unless you have a very notorious case which will create a lot of publicity for the attorney. I recommend you contact several attorneys in your area that practice this type of law, as soon as possible. Thank you for using Justia ask a lawyer.

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