chas7777

why can't you get a public defender in a DWI case. They r saying that he can't get one.

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he has already ask for one continuous to find a lawyer. But can't afford a Lawyer so he is going to count in the morning by himself. I told him to ask for another continuous so I can find out more info. that is where he is at right now.

this all I no about this case: .he got a dwi, with an accident, trying to get him for littering and hendering prosacution saying someone was in vehical and took off running.

I think he is 24 yrs old now and had his first DWI when he was 18 yrs old.

he lives in MO.

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In many, if not most states, you are not entitled to a Public Defender if jail time is not an option. Some states limit it to minimum of 6 months in jail before a public defender is available. I don't know what the rule is in MO, but you could ask.

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There may also be financial requirements he must meet. Usually, the court will ask about income and expenses before deciding whether someone is eligible. Most states require a person meet an "indigence" threshold before assigning a lawyer to the case.

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