What if I am financially unable to hire a lawyer? How do I qualify for a public defender?

At the arraignment, ask to screen for the public defender. The Judge will request that you fill out a financial affidavit and call you up to discuss whether you qualify for appointed counsel. If the public defender is appointed to represent you, the clerk will give you a form with the address and phone number of the public defender. It is your responsibility to contact the public defender to schedule an appointment and to be available for all meetings requested by the lawyer.

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2. What is an arraignment?
3. What are my constitutional rights?
4. My car was impounded when I was arrested for a DUI - where is it?
5. Where can I have ignition interlock installed on my car?
6. Should I talk to a lawyer before entering a plea?
7. What if I am financially unable to hire a lawyer? How do I qualify for a public defender?
8. If I plead guilty what will happen?
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10. What happens if I am sentenced to jail?
11. What alternatives are there for serving a jail sentence?
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