Public Defenders are licensed by the Oklahoma Bar Association to practice law. These attorneys practice criminal law and are appointed to defendants who cannot afford to hire a private lawyer. You are entitled to an indigent defense system if you are in custody in the state of Oklahoma and the court finds you unable to retain private council.
Everyone is entitled to an attorney
Your Miranda rights may be read to you when you are placed under arrest. These rights state, among other things, that everyone is entitled to an attorney. An attorney will be appointed to you at no cost if you cannot afford one.
Public Defenders will be assigned to you
If a person cannot afford private counsel, a Public Defender will be assigned to their case. A person will be determined unable to afford a private attorney if they either do not make bond, or do not have the assets available to retain council. The defendant must provide documents showing their current financial situation. In most situations, if you post bond, the judge will not allow you a public defender. You must hire a private attorney. Our legal team at Cook/Thompson in Tahlequah will be always available for you.
Getting a Second Opinion
It never hurts to get a second opinion. As always the law office at Cook/Thompson in Tahlequah offers free consultation on your first visit. Call us today or fill out a contact form. We are always ready to help!