If you have been charged with a crime, you have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, one will be appointed to you. This process, however, is not automatic. You must make attempts to hire an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney you should apply for representation with the State Public Defender’s Office.
If you are ineligible for representation for a Public Defender and you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you can apply for a Court Appointed Attorney to represent you. You must complete the Petition for Appointment of An Attorney, Affidavit of Indigency and Order form GF-152. The form should be filled out completely, signed, and notarized BEFORE you come to court. The form should be filed with the Criminal & Traffic Court.