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Persons charged with a criminal offense are entitled to representation regardless of their financial situation. That is the job of court appointed PDA's or Guardian Ad Litems for those persons who cannot afford private counsel. The ability to afford private representation is usually determined by the presiding judge. Persons involved in civil matters such as creditor lawsuits, personal injury and so forth are not entitled to such representation unless they can obtain a pro bono attorney or qualify for legal aid assistance.

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