If you want the services of an attorney, and do not want to represent yourself, you should have a lawyer with you at each court appearance starting with your arraignment (where you enter a guilty or not-guilty plea).
If you have a job or the money to hire a lawyer, you will need to do that before your next court appearance.
If you are indigent (needy) or live on a low, fixed income, you may apply at the
St. John the Baptist Public Defender Office for the services of a lawyer paid for by public funds.
Federal poverty guidelines are considered in determining eligibility.
After you complete the online application for the services of a public defender, you may still be required to hire your own lawyer or may be ordered to pay for the services of the appointed lawyer once your application is reviewed.
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