Your Right to an Attorney

In all cases you may have an attorney represent you. An attorney is not required; it is your decision whether to have an attorney represent you or not.

When you are charged with an offense that may result in jail time as part of your sentence, you will need to decide whether you want to continue with or without an attorney. If you desire an attorney, and if the Court finds that you do not have the means to hire one, the Court will consider appointing an attorney to represent you. Court appointed attorneys are only considered for offenses that could result in jail time. If you are found guilty or plead guilty to the charge, the court can assess your attorney fees as part of the court costs.