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If you are referring to a civil trial
for damages based on liability in such an accident, then a public defender will not be available as they are appointed solely for criminal
Sometimes civil liability is an issue in a case which also involves criminal charges. In such a case, the public defender would be available to any criminal defendant who qualifies for the PD's services (based on income/financial resources). However, the PD would be able to handle the liability aspect of the situation only with respect to an order of restitution in the criminal case.
How exactly did this lawyer you hired "attach" your father's signature to documents that your father never saw? This is a potentially serious allegation (forgery), which raises both criminal and ethical concerns.
How soon is your father due in court
? If you have enough time, you should consider retaining another attorney or possibility seeking the services of a legal aid attorney. If you let me know where you are located, I can probably find you contact information for local legal services.
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