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Forced to appear pro se

I was denied a public defender due to my income but
I am unable to afford to hire and attorney and I am
now being forced to appear pro se on a felony case
what are my options?

Asked on October 11, 2019 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

You don't really have any options except for contacting your state and/or city Bar Associations and seeing if they have any attorneys who will take your case on a pro bono (for free) basis to discharge their any obligations they may have to provide pro bono assistance (in most states, lawyers are required to be potentially available to provide some free legal assistance). You could also contact any local law schools and see if they have a program where law students provide free legal assistance under the guidance of their professors. Otherwise, if you do not qualify for a public defender, you have to find a way to hire a lawyer.


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