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If you hire a criminal attorney to get your bond set, can you

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If you hire a criminal attorney to get your bond set, can you then get a public defender? Or do you just have one shot at getting a public defender?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
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Expert:  AttorneyTom replied 4 years ago.
If an individual hires an attorney for a criminal matter and then finds he is unable to continue to afford the attorney, he may ask the court to appoint a public defender for him. The individual's finances will then be evaluated and, if he qualifies financially for a court appointed attorney, the court will then appoint one for him (even if he had previously hired an attorney earlier in the matter). However, he will still be obligated to pay the original attorney for any services rendered.

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