How can I qualify for a public defender if I just got a DUI?

I recently got a DWI and a speeding ticket 70 in a 35. My family has too many bills and I don’t want them to pay for my stupid mistake. What are the requirements? Do I have to have an attorney on the first court date? I’ve never been in a situation like this and i have no idea what to do.

Asked on July 10, 2014 under Criminal Law, New York


Maury Beaulier /

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You would be wise to have counsel.  However, you csn ak ethe first apperance oun your own and, if you qualify, you can apply for and be appointed a public defender. 

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