There are plenty of people who need a lawyer but cannot afford one. What happens to them? Who represents them in court? If you’re in this situation, here are some options that you can take.
• You can choose to represent yourself, but this is not recommended. With just a little maneuvering, legal counsel for the opposing side could nail you. In fact, the justice system as a whole does not recommend self representation.
• If you are facing criminal charges, you can ask the court to appoint a lawyer for you. At arraignment, all you need to do when your name is called is to let the judge know that you cannot afford to represent yourself. The judge will choose one of the criminal attorneys that usually come to his court to represent you, and you will get a good a defense as if you were paying.
• There are institutions that provide free legal representation. They have members who are qualified lawyers who offer their services from time to time on charity basis. Google for the ones in your area. These organizations are created to make sure that there is equal justice.
• If you know any lawyers, ask them to point you towards a pro-bono program. Most legal firms will represent a few people every year for free – it helps them buy PR with their peers and again, in keeping with equal justice for all.
As you can see, there are several options that are available to you. You will always be able to get someone to represent you in court.
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