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In most counties there is not a Public Defenders office. Instead the courts use private attorneys who are on a court appointed list to defend people who don't have the funds to hire an attorney.
He can send a "kite" from the jail asking for a court appointed attorney for his case.
And what is "kite"?
A kite is just a letter from the jail to the judge or someone else official. He needs to ask for the forms necessary to get a court appointed attorney.
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The young man in question states that he can only speak to one guard who will not answer his questions. I am in California. He is in Texas. How would he "kite" from a non-responsive guard?
He can send a letter if he has paper. It doesn't have to be any specific form. He can write the letter to the judge, fold it over and put To and From on the back of it. The jail will deliver and ask for mail periodically or have a place where he can deposit it.
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