Does the Court automatically appoint a Public Defender? What is the process for seeking legal assistance in Criminal Cases? Are public defenders or appointed counsel free?
Modified Transcript of “No Money For Attorney” for Hearing Impaired:
The question regarding, “Should I use a Public Defender?” Although it’s a really good one, the bigger question really is, “Do You Qualify for a Public Defender?”
I sometimes think people make the mistake in believing things are tight, they don’t have a lot of money, and they just can’t afford a lawyer.
Affording an attorney, is different than being deemed INDIGENT.
SEE ALSO: NC APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL
In North Carolina you fill out what is called an Affidavit of Indigency. They look at how much money you make, they look at your expenses, they look to see whether you have a job, they look to see if anyone takes care of you.
While it may not be convenient financially to retain an attorney, it doesn’t mean necessarily that you’re going to have an attorney appointed.
Bill Powers has been listed in 2015 SuperLawyers North Carolina Magazine. In calendar years 2012, 2013 & 2014, SuperLawyers further included Bill in the “Top 100″ Lawyers in North Carolina. In 2013 Bill Powers was listed as “Top 25 in Charlotte” by SuperLawyers North Carolina.
For Membership Information & Criterion for Inclusion to SuperLaywers North Carolina see: https://www.avvo.com/attorneys/28208-nc-f-powers-1739178.html
Powers Law Firm PA in 2015 has been again listed as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT. For Member Info & Criterion for Inclusion see: hhttps://www.bestlawyers.com/firms/powers-mccartan-pllc/44550/US/
In 2015 Bill Powers has been included in Best Lawyers of America. For membership info & criterion for inclusion see: https://www.bestlawyers.com/lawyers/bill-powers/78562/
Bill Powers has also been listed in “Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in North Carolina” by The National Trial Lawyers. For member info & criterion for inclusion see: https://www.thenationaltriallawyers.org/profile-view/Bill/Powers/5071/
“Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in North Carolina” as listed in The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. For member info & criterion for inclusion see: https://www.national-academy.net/attorney-members/bill-powers
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