How Can You Get A Court Appointed Attorney For A Criminal Case In San Antonio?

by San Antonio Attorney

When I spoke with the county court I was told that it takes 4-6 weeks before the defendant can have someone appointed.  Last Sunday he was arrested around 5am, and the bail was set to $16,000.  Then police booked him into county jail around 11:50pm last night.  I have not seen a court date set yet.

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Russ April 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm

You’re kidding! How are you going to hire an attorney if you lose your job, while in jail????

Rebecca April 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

No, ma’am, that is not correct. Your rights of due process are being violated.

When you are arrested and Mirandized — you have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be held against you, you have the right to an attorney . . . once you ask for an attorney, the police cannot speak to you again until your court appointed lawyer shows up.

If you were arraigned, the judge should have asked you who is representing you. At that point you would have said no one, and no means to hire an attorney, at which point he would have sent the file upstairs and a defense attorney would have been assigned to your case.

You need to get on the horn with a criminal defense attorney NOW for a consultation. They can certainly tell you better than any of us, but that is not right.

I have worked in the legal system for most of my adult life. If what the TX court told you is true — which I 99% doubt — that would be the first time I’ve ever heard that.

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