Kay, I hope this message finds you well. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of experience handling criminal matters. It is a pleasure to assist you today.
Any person that is facing criminal charges has a write to representation via the US Constitution. In Maryland, you have to apply at the Office of Public Defender, not just through the District Court in which your case resides. Here are the instructions and contact information.
The Office of the Public Defender handles any criminal case carrying a possible jail sentence.
Eligibility for Public Defender services is determined by using six statutory factors
You must apply at least ten (10) working days prior to your trial date.
You may apply at most OPD Offices, not just the County where you will go to court.
You will be interviewed by an Intake Specialist, complete a written application, and be asked to provide information about your income and assets.
Call 1(###) ###-####for more information.
They can get you lined up if you qualify under the 6 factors mentioned above.
The Office of the Public Defender handles any criminal case carrying a possible jail sentence or a fine greater than $500.00. Eligibility for Public Defender services is determined by comparing a client’s financial condition to the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Even if your friend is not eligible for services from the Public Defender, their office personnel may be able to provide information about other programs, if any, that provide pro bono criminal defense services.
Let me know if you have any additional questions.
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