If I have to appear in court this morning to answer a charge of contempt, can I ask the judge for a court appointed lawyer?

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If I have to appear in court this morning to answer a charge of contempt, can I ask the judge for a court appointed lawyer?

Asked on April 15, 2013 under Criminal Law, California

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Because a contempt charge is a quasi-criminal matter you have every right to ask the court for a court appointed attorney if you cannot afford one. If the court denies the request, I suggest that you retain a criminal defense attorney to protect your interests.


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