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Do I need an attorney?

You will need an attorney to act in your best interests. You can be represented by a private attorney.If you cannot afford an attorney, the Court will appoint one during your arraignment if you qualify. You can be provided legal assistance through:


  • Public Defender's office
  • Alternate Public Defender’s office
  • Other Court-appointed counsel

The Court will make a determination of your ability to pay all or part of the costs of legal assistance.


If the Court finds that you can pay then a court order for you to pay the costs can be issued. The Court may also order that you return for additional hearings to determine your ability to pay the costs after your case is concluded.


For information about finding a private attorney, go to the Los Angeles Bar Association website.

For information about Public Defenders, go to the Los Angeles County Public Defender website.

For information about Alternate Public Defenders, go to the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender website.
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